Survival at work

Truth and Good Reads

1. Never walk without a document in your hands
People with documents in their hand look like hardworking employees heading
for important meetings. People with nothing in their hands look like they're
heading for the cafeteria. People with a newspaper in their hand look like
they're heading for the toilet. Above all, make sure you carry loads of stuff
home with you at night, thus generating the false impression that you work longer
hours than you do.

2. Use computers to look busy
Any time you use a computer, it looks like "work" to the casual observer. You can
send and receive personal e-mail, chat and generally have a blast without doing
anything remotely related to work. These aren't exactly the societal benefits
that the proponents of the computer revolution would like to talk about but t
hey're not bad either. When you get caught by your boss - and you *will* get
caught -- your best defense is to claim you're teaching yourself to use new
software, thus saving valuable training dollars.

3. Messy desk
Top management can get away with a clean desk. For the rest of us, it looks
like we're not working hard enough. Build huge piles of documents around your
workspace. To the observer, last year's work looks the same as today's work; it's
volume that counts. Pile them high and wide. If you know somebody is coming to
your cubicle, bury the document you'll need halfway down in an existing stack and
rummage for it when he/she arrives.

4. Voice Mail
Never answers your phone if you have voice mail. People don't call you just
because they want to give you something for nothing - they call because they want
YOU to do work for THEM. That's no way to live. Screen all your calls through
voice mail. If somebody leaves a voice mail message for you and it sounds like
impending work, respond during lunch hour when you know they're not there - it
looks like you're hardworking and conscientious even though you're being a
devious weasel.

5. Looking Impatient and Annoyed
According to George Costanza, one should also always try to look impatient and
annoyed to give your bosses the impression that you are always busy.

6. Leave the office late
Always leave the office late, especially when the boss is still around. You could
read magazines and storybooks that you always wanted to read but have no time
until late before leaving. Make sure you walk past the boss' room on your way
out. Send important emails at unearthly hours

(e.g. 9:35pm, 7:05am, etc.) and during public holidays.

7. Creative Sighing for Effect
Sigh loudly when there are many people around, giving the impression that you are
under extreme pressure.

8. Stacking Strategy
It is not enough to pile lots of documents on the table. Put lots of books on the
floor etc. (thick computer manuals are the best).

9. Build Vocabulary
Read up on some computer magazines and pick out all the jargon and new products.
Use the phrases freely when in conversation with bosses. Remember: They don't
have to understand what you say, but you sure sound impressive.

DON'T forward this to your boss by mistake!!!

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