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Man Outsources Own Job, Surfs Reddit All Day

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We’ve got like to give an anonymous computer programmer the Peter Gibbons Office Space Award for Doing Nothing (In the spirit of the award, we didn’t actually bother making a trophy).

Imagine you’re a boss at a large “Critical Infrastructure” type company, when you hear from your information security team that someone from China is accessing a critical system. You launch an investigation expecting to bust a hacker in the act, but instead discover … one of your employees has outsourced his own job!

CNN reports the man, known only as “Bob” in internal paperwork, paid about 20% of his salary to a programming company in Hong Kong to do almost every aspect of his job for him, freeing up his day for 8 hours of long lunches, web surfing, and generally doing…nothing at all. The only real work “Bob” appears to have done was send a few end of day emails to his managers!

The punchline?

Bob was an ideal employee, as far as HR was concerned: Good work by his night-shift Chinese helpers netted him praise as “The best developer in the building!”

Ultimately, Bob was let go – apparently you can’t play that fast and loose with security just to free up time for Ebay and Reddit, but we can’t fault his spirit of enterprise: 80% pay for 0% of the work is pretty good if you ask us!

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