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I see plenty of people go for a walk during the day, yet I hardly see any of my EY teammates appear “away” for 15/20+ minutes. I recognize that not everyone is in consulting, but can’t imagine that *none* of those walking are. Asking as a relative newcomer to the workforce: Is it acceptable to be away from work for more than just a few minutes, regardless of industry? If so, how can I feel comfortable stepping away to prioritize my health and well-being when so few of my teammates do so?

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I feel pressured to take my laptop to the bathroom with me.

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Same

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I bring my work phone w my on the walk but don’t look at it unless it goes off. Prioritize you, we work enough.

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It also depends on the client. We use our client phones/laptops and their company is big on WLB so they don’t show availability statuses. They’re also very big on taking breaks to go eat or walk your dog or go to the park as long as there’s no meetings. Ur best bet is to try and find a really chill project bc they’re out there. This is my first project too!

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Lol I step away for hours at a time. As long as I get my work done and attend my meetings no one cares. If I take a 2 hour nap during the day or run errands for an hour, I'm usually making up that lost time that night anyways

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Depends on the expectation of your specific project. I’m on a project where I’m not working with a team. As long as I am able to complete the work, I can take as many walks as I want. However, with my last engagement, people would message me and escalate to my manager within minutes of no response. If the culture on your team seems pretty open and other people also are thinking the same thing, I’d try to establish your boundaries and take a couple 15 min breaks throughout the day. If not, I’d still say your health takes priority so look up some hacks to make yourself seem available/online and go on that walk still! You just want to make sure you’re overall meeting deadlines and fulfilling your responsibilities. Taking your phone might be a good idea. The expectation that people are available immediately whenever they’re pinged comes from the WFH culture. Prior to working from home full time, I’d get an email or ping with a request but no one expected me to respond right away. We all have to shift our expectations now that WFH is becoming the norm.

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Agreed. For both my client and internal superiors, it’s like they have silo vision and think I exist solely to help them; when they don’t realize that, clearly, I have a ton of competing requests coming at me.

I know people who schedule meetings with themselves and share screen so they show as in calls / DND to either take walks or get work done. I just leave. So really up to you and your style.

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Being in a call with yourself is a godsend for work flexibility.

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When I was in industry, I could take hours off in the middle of the day, as long as I was responsive on Teams and got my work done. Very company-dependent

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I haven’t really seen people pay much attention to the “away status” on teams at my company. I try to do two 15 min walks a day. Also, sometimes do a workout during dinner time

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I have my messaging apps on my phone so I respond to pings while on walks if I get them

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I’m literally gone for 2 hrs sometimes. My manager and client actively encourage breaks for lunch/child stuff and logging off on time

When I’ve been on my client site recently, they told me to take a walk because it was so nice outside. Truly just depends.

I go for walks/runs but have Teams on my phone and this the ability to show up “online”

As a project manager I encourage my team to take breaks away from the computer and get outside at least once a day. I also encourage them to block off their lunch time on their calendars. Hell sometimes I’ll even take a post lunch power nap. Leaves me feeling recharged to power through the last half of the day.

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