We tend to think that if you're getting paid to do something, you should do it, and do it well. But is it always that simple? What if you have a vague job description, a haphazard workload, and a very strict boss who is only content when you look busy, and doesn't realize or care that you are so efficient that you completed your work early.
The point of looking busy is to remind your boss and your coworker that your time is valuable, that there are only so many things you can work on at once, and to give you some breathing room so you can actually think. In short, looking busy reminds everyone that you are busy, and gives you some freedom at the same time. Here’s how to trick others into believing you’ve got a full plate so you’ll get the breathing room to actually get things done.
Mess Up Your Desk
A busy person has a busy workspace. If your workspace is tidy and neat, it's a dead give away that you have time to tidy and neaten it up. Your desk should be covered in files, papers, discarded food and drink, really pile it on. You're too busy to clean that crap.
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Pretend To Be Using The Photocopier
There’s one thing in the office that does even less work than you: the photocopier. They never work. Stand by a photocopier as if you’re waiting for a print job to eventually be spat out. Press some random buttons for effect.