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Project Skive

Project Skive looks at the creative time-wasting efforts of six English white-collar workers. Skiving, which derives from the French esquiver or "slink away," is an English slang term that includes all non-work activity engaged in during time when one is supposed to be working. The participants in this study all have excellent employment records and are currently in good favour with their bosses. They are also accomplished skivers, devising elaborate diversions that fill the interstices of their work day with idle pleasures and pursuits, including online shopping, false meetings, contests and tournaments, writing of weblogs, and malicious gossip.

Skiving is always an illicit activity that, although it may be tacitly tolerated, is not openly acknowledged by one's supervisor or boss. In most cases the fun of skiving comes from strenuous efforts to conceal it. The use of a computer "rear-view mirror" to spot an approaching supervisor or the carefully rehearsed cover-up story to disguise having taken the rest of the afternoon off after a short meeting imbue stolen work-time with a heightened value and excitement. But skiving also begs the question, why are we at work if there isn't really that much work to be done? And wouldn't our lives be better if we could just cut the surreptitious skiving and move to a three-day workweek?

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Comments

13 June 2008 06:06:08 Nina

Brilliant!!!

6 June 2008 07:50:57 Milena

It won't be long before we go live from Aberdeen! I love this project and can't wait to add my own reports of my own skiving misadventures ;-)

24 July 2006 09:55:20 abby

Thanks, haywire mac! I hope that you, like any worthy fellow skiver, wrote this on company time!

23 July 2006 22:24:48 Haywire Mac

Important work - keep it up! (Or keep up the impression of keeping it up, or - whatever...)

24 April 2005 20:46:15 Abby

Well, it's part of my job to thank you for this sort of comment, but I'm afraid I'm busy skiving at the minute and I'll be unable to get to it this afternoon at all.

24 April 2005 20:44:49 Alan B.

Thanks for this -- it's high time somebody noted the importance of skiving in the workplace!
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