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How to look busy at work - the Costanza way.

ryanator

Mathematical
Members
One of my favorite Seinfeld episodes, where George Costanza looks annoyed or frustrated while at his desk to make it look like he's extremely busy. Below the video are 10 tips from http://www.jumbojoke.com/george_costanzas_10_commandments_for_working_hard.html

1 - Never walk without a document in your hands. People with documents in their hands 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 they're not bad either. When you get caught by your boss -- and you will get caught -- your best defence is to claim you're teaching yourself to use new software, thus saving valuable training dollars.

3 - Keep a 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 - Use voice mail. Never answer 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 - Look impatient & annoyed. 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 e-mail at unearthly hours (e.g. 9:35 p.m., 7:05 a.m., etc.) and during public holidays.

7 - Use sighing for effect. Sigh loudly when there are many people around, giving the impression that you are under extreme pressure.

8 - Opt for the 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 your 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.

10 - Don't get caught. MOST IMPORTANT: Don't forward this page's URL to your boss by mistake!
 
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nodle

Cheesemonger
Administrator
LMAOOOOOOOOOO. I do so many of these thing. BTW I love Seinfeld. Best tv show ever created.
 

ryanator

Mathematical
Members
Seinfeld is the best, no doubt about it. Funny thing is about looking busy, it's true. When I first started, people would come in and joke, "are you bored yet?, while smiling. Things have picked up some, but I have had 4-5 laptops lined on my work desk and binders out with documentation, and people are like "wow, you got many things going" or "man, how do you keep everything straight?" :)
 
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