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Laughing in billable hours

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You have an 80 hour work week? I remember when I wasn’t efficient and thought working a lot was cool

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This...so much this...

Are we...gatekeeping working hours now?

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I had to look up what gatekeeping is. Yes. Always have been. Always will be. It’s a sickness in this industry.

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Don’t blame your inefficiencies on my 35 hour work week.

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Glad I’m not the only one 😏

Wait... you folks work? I wasn’t even issued with a keyboard 🤣

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