How to look like you’re hard at work ( While doing as little as possible )

  1. Always have papers or a file in your hand as you walk.  Always 
  2. Walk with your head down, staring at said papers.  If you’re too busy to put down your papers while you’re walking, you must be very busy.
  3. If you cannot find papers and you must walk, hold your cell phone up to your ear and say ‘Yes sir’ and ‘No Sir’ and “Right away sir” frequently.  This might fail if you happen to walk by your boss – so keep your eyes open.
  4. Spread out lots of papers on your desk – the messier the better.   Nothing says hard worker like a messy desk.  After all, if your desk is super clean, then you probably haven’t been doing any work, have you?
  5. Be very curt when people ask you questions.  Sound agitated and distracted.
  6. Type quickly- just pounding on the keys at random will suffice, if no one can see your computer screen.
  7. When your boss asks you about something, just talk a lot.  It doesn’t matter what you say, or if it even makes any sense, as long as you have something to say.
  8. Put your phone on “Do Not Disturb” so your calls go straight to voicemail.  If you are too busy to answer your phone, it must be important.


  1. Dragon Management said

    February 26 2007 @ 2:44 pm

    9. If you have no papers and no cell phone and you must walk, stick out your chest while speedwalking and saying “Hey there, I’ll talk to ya later…gotta go to a meeting…”

  2. Leroy Brown said

    February 26 2007 @ 2:48 pm

    Fantastic – walking fast and sounding busy is very important. Gotta go to a meeting is a great touch too!

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