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"I love the way you look like you're making money even though you're making no money at all."
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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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'Remember when we used desktop computers? When everyone at least 'looked' busy?'
"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."
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"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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"Why are you sending so many emails?""So that people think I am very busy."
"The new piece of paper you like to keep on your desk came in."
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"We can take credit for more jobs if we count 'family chores'."
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"Gloria, am I supposed to be mailing it in or just going though the motions today?"
"That better not be busy work."
"But honey, I've spent my last 30 years pretending to look busy. I can't quit overnight."
'Here he comes - Look busy!'
'Bring me an in basket and an out basket and some paperwork to shuffle between them.'
'How is your degree in theater going to help you here?'
"Just as I thought!...Trying to look busy by shredding plain paper!"
"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.'
'I CAN go to lunch with you. I just clutter my desk with blank paper so the boss thinks I'm busy.'
'My trick for avoiding extra work is to look busy all the time...'