When systems are down and I cannot do my work so I have a free hour or possibly more, what is an acceptable means of passing time in the office for an engineer?
In the present situation all my work is done from my office to a remote location that I cannot reach due to network issues. I have spoke with my boss and my feedback is to wait.
Things I have considered:
- Working on my own personal engineering projects that would increase my professional knowledge
- Read profession related books or for pleasure (news, fantasy etc.)
- Take a coffee break and talk with other co workers in the same situation
- Surf the web spending as much time as possible on professional matters
My goal here is to stay productive and be a valued member of my company however I don't think I can gain too much from productive ideas waiting for a network to come back up. I hate the idea of 'looking busy' for personal image.
There are related questions but this one is specific to system downtime.