Friday, May 16, 2003

Shirk Ethic: How to Fake A Hard Day at the Office

On Thursday the Wall Street Journal published an article about making it look like your work long hours when you actually are a slacker. It was showing how to fake like you're working when you're actually not. And it did note that one of the people they were doing a case study was eventually fired for habitual lateness, so let's learn from his mistakes and do it right.

First of all, there is no replacement for being in the office. Showing up really late all the time is dangerous. I'm no perfect example of being on time, but I'm usually not much later than 9am - I should be to work by 8, so I'm already pushing it. If I come late, I also leave late. Last in, last out.

The secret to faking a hard day at work does not include shirking the work and making it look like you did it because you will get caught eventually. The secret is working smart and not letting anyone know how long things actually take to do.

A general rule of thumb when giving a timeframe estimate and setting deadlines is to increase the unit of time by one unit. If a task will take one minute, say it will take an hour. If it will take an hour, one day. If one day, say one week, etc. Get it? That way, you're working exponentially less than what you're getting paid for, but still producing quality, on-time work.

This method will provide plenty of extra time to work on other things - e.g. write in your blog, work on other projects, run your own businesses, manage properties, etc.

Note: If you do go to work late, never go in at 10 or 11am unless you're going to sneak in, turn the computer on, and then sneak back out to lunch. If you're already late, just go in at 12:30 or 1:00 so it looks like you're just getting back from lunch and everyone will think they just missed you in the morning.

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