No, because I can do other things - I find myself other things to do, I mean - usually reading something related to my interests, or making experiments with computer programs, etc; trying to find more efficient ways to implement an already-existant process. I also have two jobs, actually, and one of them is freelance translator so I can work on that while I have nothing to do at the other job. Otherwise, if I really have nothing of the above activities to do, I will start trying to run experiments on new ways to optimize my portfolio. Well, usually with these activities the time is completely employed.
Usually I'm very reliable and efficient, so most bosses give me a lot of freedom with work after they get to know me (except ESTJs). Most of the times, so far, I have been able to work from home when there was no need for my presence. In this case, of course, the concept of work and doing other things blend.
At first I thought that getting paid to sit in front of a computer and talk on AIM for 6 hours would be a blast. After the first day I was practically begging for more to do. NOTHING is worse than having nothing to do at a job.
When it comes to work in the western world, most people get to choose from one of two experiences, either stress or boredom. Rare is the individual who doesn't experience one of these from their work. Stress causes, well, stress. Boredom seems to cause depression. Personally, I prefer boredom over stress.
I think FDG is right - there's ALWAYS something you can do to improve yourself or your knowledge, even when at work. Here's just a handful of things you could do when you run out of tasks:
-Research your company's business/ stock investor ratings, and research your competitor's
-Bring a foreignlanguage text to work and brush up on existing language skills or learn a new one. Modern companies love people who are multilingual.
- Read Aristotle, Smith, Marx and Hutcheson, etc, as they all have good topics to analyze which pertain to the modern world economy
- Free Online Course Materials | MIT OpenCourseWare
That last one alone could fill every last minute you are idle.