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"Do you think it is easy to pretend to work?"
"Miss Durban, is there anything C.E.O.-ish for me to do?"
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"Which phone will make me look the busiest when eating alone at a restaurant?"
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"You mean to tell me we're walking around with empty file folders."
Tags:office, offices, water cooler, water coolers, water cooler chat, water cooler chats, water cooler conversation, file folder, file folders, empty file folders, look busy, looking busy, look professional, looking professional, appearances, file, files, filing, desk job, desk jobs, office job, office jobs, middle manager, middle managers
"I have to create a few loose ends for other people to clear up."
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"Walking in the hall carrying a file folder makes you look busy. This allows you to get an aerobic workout and nobody is the wiser."
"Boss is coming! Discover something!"
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"The new piece of paper you like to keep on your desk came in."
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"Gloria, am I supposed to be mailing it in or just going though the motions today?"
"We can take credit for more jobs if we count 'family chores'."
Tags:manipulating stats, manipulating statistics, massaging stats, massaging statistics, chore, chores, family chores, job creation, job creation task force, job creation task forces, take credit, takes credit, taking credit, steal credit, stealing credit, look busy, looking busy, claim credit, claiming credit, task force, task forces
'Here he comes - Look busy!'
'Bring me an in basket and an out basket and some paperwork to shuffle between them.'
'So this is the company's new mission statement.'
"My boss says I'm very good at what I do."
Zen & the art of looking busy.
"Well, the boss asked what I was doing. And I told him that I wasn't doing what I should be doing, but that I wasn't doing anything that I shouldn't be doing. I guess that wasn't the right answer."
'get me some important papers to shuffle.'
'Thompson won't be in today. Who wants to look busy in his place?'
'I CAN go to lunch with you. I just clutter my desk with blank paper so the boss thinks I'm busy.'
'Here comes the King! Quick! -- look busy!'
"Trainee lesson no. 1...if you look busy, no one will bother you."
"I can't decide whether I need more papers to shuffle or just a smaller desk."
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