I have no idea what most people do at work day-to-day, but I can tell you that I think “easy” usually translates to “boring.” I’d rather be busy and have a sense of accomplishment, but hey, what do I know?
AskReddit users got on their soapboxes and revealed what they think are the easiest jobs in the world.
1. That’s fair
“My ex’s sister is basically the receptionist from Entertainment 720 on Parks and Rec.
The office she works in is basically just for appearances, so on the off chance a client walks in (which rarely happens) there’s a pretty face to greet them. From what I understand the company is some kind of ad agency. But no one actually works at her office and it’s mainly just a display room for their work with a fancy looking meeting room that’s probably never been used.
We visited her at “work” a few times. She literally just sits in a really nice office with a top of the line Mac and plays on social media, texts, pretty much does whatever she wants. Just needs to show up and be hot. That’s it.
She makes like 60k. Full benefits. Decent amount of vacation time.
I try not to think about her.”
2. Best job ever
“In the summer, I get paid to “supervise” a bouncy house. It’s tucked out of the way of the main building, so for a lot of hours on end there’ll be no kids. Even when there are, their parents stay right by so I don’t really worry about it.
I get to sit out in the sun and read for 8 hours. Best job ever.”
3. Insane with boredom
“One of my old customers worked as a nighttime security guard at a hazardous materials warehouse. Doesn’t sound super-easy or safe at first glance, but the details told a different story.
Basically, some law required that they have on-site security 24/7 due to what they stored there. However, he was not actually expected to attempt to stop anyone trying to break in – that would be too dangerous. In fact, he didn’t even have access to do so – the security station was separate from the main building and he didn’t have a key. He was locked in to the security station, and could only leave via a fire escape door until his shift was over.
They had automated security on the main building, with cameras, motion sensors, and so on. If anything happened, the police would automatically be called, as would the company that managed the real security system, who would show up to let the police in.
Technically, his job was:
Be present to fill the legal requirement.
If the security system breaks down, call the security company (which he didn’t actually have to do, since they remotely monitored it, but he was the backup for the backup in case they didn’t notice a blackout or something). This never happened.
If someone did break in, he had to rewind the tape and watch it, then testify in court that he did that. No one had ever tried to break in to their location in 15+ years when he worked there.
What he actually did:
Showed up, clocked in, watched TV until his shift was over.
He said most people didn’t even last 6 months because it simply drove them insane with boredom.”Advertisement
“Casinos in Louisiana have to be on riverboats. Those boats never, ever move. Imagine if the luxor was floating in a completely self contained bathtub adjacent to a river, and was bolted to shops and hotels on every side. You can’t even tell when you’re crossing from a building to the “boat”.
Those boats have to have a certified captain on duty at all times. He sits in a booth and makes the same wage the captain of a merchant marine vessel would make, but the ‘boat’ can’t even move.
Edit: this is specifically for table games, and Harrah’s in NOLA is specifically exempted by Louisiana Revised Statute 14:90(C) as the state’s “official gaming establishment”.
“I know a guy who is a BACKUP-BACKUP live stream observer, so if there are issues with a live stream, he has to report it.
Mind you, there are the stream providers who monitor this, then the company he works for also has people to monitor this, then there he is sitting there doing nothing for $70k per year.”
“Today was my last day working at a pretty slow gas station. Part of me is gonna miss it, part of me is not.
We’re less busy because our neighbor is another gas station that is much bigger and nicer than us, and right down the street is another one that belongs to the same company – which is also much nicer than us.
That being said, we don’t get a lot of customers, so we aren’t open 24 hours like a lot of other places, and I’m one of the people who closes up. In the last 5 hours of my shift, i’m lucky to have like 30 customers. My duties were basically clean the trash bins outside, clean the coffee pots, and sweep and mop the floor at the end of the day. So in an 8 hour shift, 7 hours is just killing time.
Being a full time college student, its a pretty sweet job. I got paid to ring people up every half hour and play my Switch. All of my final assignments were written at work. I gotta say though, shit got boring real fast. I found myself actually saying extra things in conversation with customers – which is entirely against my character.”Advertisement
7. Time to sleep
“I met a woman once whose job was literally to sleep.
The story: a local business in her city wanted somebody on-site 24/7 in their building to interact with fire and police services in case an emergency was ever called. No emergency was ever called. She was hired to be there anyway.
The arrangement: they set up a bedroom area in their building’s back room. She would show up in the evening when the maintenance crew was just finishing up their work, and settle down for the night. She would do one set of rounds, then settle in for bed. Then she’d leave in the morning when the regular staff showed up for work.
And that was her primary job.”
8. Sign me up!
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9. On duty
“I work as a theatre technician for a university but at this time of year the auditorium is cleared to be used for exams. So I’m “on duty” to make sure the projector displaying the clock is still working.
I don’t invigilate, I don’t start the exam or assist in any other way.
these projectors are designed to be run for long periods of time and have never had an issue since I started working here.
Have currently watched the entire first season of Supernatural on Amazon Prime.”
10. I think I’m qualified
“The U.S. Vice President.
My absolute dream job.
No real responsibility, and you have no boss. Literally nothing they can do to you if you don’t shit. It literally takes an act of Congress to fire you, and ONLY if you are a criminal.
You have no one rating your performance either.
You also get to be in the record books and don’t have to earn your promotion (comes automatically if the current President leaves, dies, etc)
Further, you get paid $243,500 a year, get body guards, don’t have to drive yourself, and you get free room and board in a mansion.
You also get to be privy to all the cool government things, and front row to all these important historic events, yet don’t get the blame for them if they go south.
It also places you in a great spot for the future. You got a great platform if you DO want to be President, or any company will pretty much guarantee you a spot because, who WOULDN’T want a former VP on their crew.
Basically, you get to sit around, are legally required to do nothing, have no real responsibilities, and no one to answer to! All for $243,500 a year, the best health care and a guaranteed future! You also get that salary as a pension for life because you’re technically part of the Senate, and if you were VP for 5 years, lifetime healthcare benefits.
Damn, VP is the best job ever.”
“I remember there was a guy in the Navy who got stationed at the MWR (Morale, Welfare, Recreation) on some big base, and his sole job for like, 2 years was to periodically collect the basketballs left out in the gym and put them back on the ball racks.”
“Weather person in San Diego California.
“How’s the weather today Lou?”
“Nice. Back to you”
13. Go save Michael Phelps
“Legally there has to be a lifeguard at all olympic swimming events, so probably them.”
14. Keep an eye on that
“My current short term gig is pretty up there. Assistant to a pressure wash guy.
Basically, stand at the back of the van and watch the water tank doesn’t empty or overflow. If it gets too low, stop it and wait to fill. Too high, take the hose out. Most days we only do about three hours, but am paid a day rate, so paid for the whole day.”
15. Rough gig
“My friend worked at a wakeboard park in the summer.
He would sit on the beach with his friend, and hand people a handle. on top of this if he got bored or hot he could wakeboard.
He also mentioned that people bought him beers a lot.”
Well, those definitely seem like a breeze, but who cares what we think! We want to hear from you!
Let us know in the comments what seems like it’d be easy peasy!