You need to pretend you are busy?
Welcome to the corporate environment!
Over the years, I have met the most skilled individuals who taught me their best tricks to pretend they were busy working. Most of them were waiting for their retirement, and tested most of what I am going to tell you.
Everyone knows you can not always be 100% productive. Therefore, there will be time in the days when you will need to chill out. As well, when work is done, and there is nothing left to do, people expect you to stay during office hours.
Here is a sample of the best practice:
-Always carry a notepad and a pencil whan wandering around. You will be seen as actively busy, or about to leave for a meeting.
-When you’re about to leave, pretend to have received an important phone call on your cell phone, and leave at once while throwing some important keywords. “pending tasks” “critical path” “customer focus”
- Program an automatic shutdown on your computer. If your computer is on, it means you’re still working. You can enhance that effect while using an old coat that you put on your chair.
- Have a friend cover for you. If anyone asks or calls, you had to deal with an important business matter. Friendship is reciprocal.
- Delay mail send. Your mail should be sent at 10pm with the dedicated outlook feature. Meanwhile, you were of course watching TV at home.
- Custom screensaver. If you leave for coffee, make sure your screensaver shows a busy screen with an on-going office document being edited.
Updated from comments:
“while watching your favorite youtube video, click somewhere random out of the screen and make loud typing noises, while occasionally wrinkling your nose, moving your eyebrows, or even making audible sighs”.
Of course, I never use those tricks. I am too busy for that.
But if you have any other ideas you want to share, you are most welcome…