Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Day 65: How to cover you are waisting your time at work

What are you suppossed to do when you are at work, after finishing all your tasks, and you have nothing else to do? Most Personnel Managers would say that you have to make your free time a productive one. I say you must take a rest, especially if yours is a very demanding job.

So, what can we do to conceal our doing nothing? I recommend the following tactics:

1. Pick up the phone: when you're doing nothing and you are able to hear your boss's footsteps down the hallway, pick up the phone and fake you're in the middle of a very important conversation. That'll give you enough time to turn around and seem busy.

2. Keep files open: when you're working with the PC, keeping several windows open will mantain the impression you're working hard while you hide your blog behind them (which is exactly what I'm doing right away).

3. Deal with old paper work: either filing all the papers you've scathered over your desk or cleaning your drawers, that gives you a good chance to relax your mind, exercise your muscles and give an impression of tidiness and commitment while keeping your mind blank.

4. Surf the web: when you work for Purchasing, Research or something related to computers, you can hide your illicit activities by opening tabs related to those products your company deals with.

These are only some options I have come across throughout my working experience. If you happen to know others, please let me know so I can seem productive while fooling around.
Thanks!

9 comments:

Y sin embargo... said...

Jaja! muy bueno... de todas maneras creo que todas las opciones que has expuesto deben ir acompañadas de una cara ficticea que denote agobio, sufrimiento...

The Usual Stuff said...

Oh, pero por supuesto que sí, 'y sin embargo'. Eso, por sentado, que hay que fruncir el ceño y poner cara de estreñimiento concentrado. jajajaja.

Miao said...

Unfortunately for me I don't even have any chance of taking a break at work...

The Usual Stuff said...

Hi, miao! Long time no see! I do understand how you feel, since f..ing call-centers operations have been designed in such a way there's no way to ditch. They squeeze employees like we do oranges, the bastards.
But soon you'll find something much better. I can feel it!

Torquer said...

I envy you Miao! I am in desperate need of work at the moment. If money if the root of all evil then I am the devil unemployed.

Jingo said...

Surely your boss is aware of these tricks? The phone is a good one, but if you get caught... How embarressing would that be?

I've also got a new blog now. It's:
http://logic-gate.blogspot.com/

The old one was really rubbish but the new one's better!

The Usual Stuff said...

TNX a lot, jingo, for inviting me to your new blog. I solemnly swear I'll visit it and include it in my favs.

Actually, they've tried to catch me, but I put this surprise face, like, 'Come on, you don't believe me?', and they usually avoid the argument. jajaja.

The Usual Stuff said...

Hey, Torquer, if you're interested in becoming a paid slave in Mexico, I'm sure we could find something for you. How good are you at pulling cables?

Miao said...

Torquer: Try the classified ads in the newspapers?