Being Professionally Lazy: The Art Of Gaming At Work Without Getting Caught
Let’s face it. We’ve all had days where we’d rather play computer games instead of doing any work. Especially if there isn’t much work to do or the weather outside is quite nice! The thing is, many people try and fail to do some covert gaming while pretending to work at their desks.
Of course, there are quite a few people that manage to “get away” with it. One prime example is the story of an American computer programmer. For several years, he automated his work so that he could spend his days playing online games. He even managed to sneak out of the office and go to the gym sometimes!
Unfortunately for that guy, he got discovered and was subsequently fired from his job. Still, he was pretty successful for doing what he did for so long! It’s likely you’re reading this article because you want to avoid getting caught. If that’s the case, let me make it clear that there are NO guarantees about that.
So, do you still want to increase your chances of playing games without your boss knowing? If so, this article is for you!
Is it right to do some covert gaming at work?
The issue is something of a moral dilemma for many people. The thing is, if you’ve got no work to do, why sit there bored for several hours? You could amuse yourself by playing online games without arousing any suspicion.
It’s not something that I’d recommend you do as gaming instead of working could get you fired. Still, if you’re aware of the risks, here’s what you can do:
Start your work earlier
I’m afraid there is no way around it: you still need to do some work! The trick to getting it done is by doing it earlier than usual. For example, you could get to work an hour early. Doing so means you can carry out your work uninterrupted by phones, emails or your co-workers.
You’ll then have more of your working day to play some fun games on your computer. Plus, if you get caught, at least you can say that you’re up-to-date on your work!
Don’t make it look like you’re doing nothing
It’s important to keep up the pretense of being busy. Not doing much will make you stand out like a sore thumb in your office! It’s important that you start to master the art of looking busy. But, how can you do that?
There are plenty of ways to achieve that goal, believe it or not. For instance, one thing you could do is have your usual work applications open on your PC. Maybe even have an email window open to make it look like you’re replying to a message. Whatever you do, don’t give passers-by the impression that you’re not up to much.
Play online games
It goes without saying that you should never bring your Xbox or PS4 to work! Instead, you should play some online games that load up in a browser window. There are plenty of fun unblocked games that you can play to keep you entertained for hours.
If you’re the owner of a PS4, you could take advantage of the Remote Play system. Because you can play in a window, it means your gameplay can be more discreet. Of course, you’ll have to figure out how to hide your PS4 controller at your desk at a moment’s notice!
Use a VPN
Does your workplace use a software firewall? Does it restrict access to some gaming websites? If so, one way to get around the problem is to use a VPN. A Virtual Private Network creates a secure “tunnel” between you and the Internet. Your work’s IT department cannot see the data you are sending and receiving over the Internet with a VPN. Plus, there is little Internet “lag” while using such a method of connectivity.
Of course, you need to ensure you have sufficient admin rights on your PC to install VPN software. Still, there are ways to get around that even if that’s not the case.
Use a mirror
Do you work in an open-plan office? If so, disguising the fact that you’re playing computer games can be hard for you. What you need is some form of early warning system to alert you to approaching colleagues!
One cheap and easy to implement method is to use a small mirror. If you position it right, you can see when people are approaching you from behind. If you don’t have a mirror, there’s another thing you could do.
Get a stand for your smartphone and place it by your monitor. You can use the phone’s reflection as a mirror! Of course, you need to make sure your phone’s screen is clean and clear.