Busy at work or "seem" busy?

@scheng1 (24701)
Singapore
February 8, 2009 8:55pm CST
Dear all, it seems that those folks who managed to "look" busy at work always gain promotion. Do you find it so in your office? Apparently, they come to work much earlier than all of us, managed to clear their INBOX before the official working hours. They leave the office much later than all of us, and always reply to the boss's emails before leaving the office. They seem very busy and boss is very pleased with them. BUT WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY DOING? They dont seem to do all the "dirty" work, those manual data entry work, those filings, and report generation. They attend all the meetings, shake hands with management team, do all the presentation (with powerpoint slides that are prepared by us), and air their "worthless" opinions.
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@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
9 Feb 09
It looks like you are talking about a real hard working and/or smart employee. If he/she only seems busy, then he/she will not be able to do all the things you enumerated. If other employees seem to be doing the manual work for him/her, and he/she is on a higher position to impose so, I don't think there's something wrong with that. I always do the manual work for my former bosses - research for information, do field work to gather data and verify information, I draft reports and I even do their powerpoint presentations. But I love them and I will go another extra mile to do things for them because they always recognize my work and inputs. I hope your immediate supervisor will do the same to you and your work mates.
@scheng1 (24701)
• Singapore
9 Feb 09
Hi Eichs1, I'm talking about smart (but lazy) employee. Not talking about boss though. They are those colleagues that know how to volunteer for special projects, eg chair certain committee, then claim that they have no time to do routine work, so push all the work to colleagues to do. When they chair the whatever committee, they also do not do anywork, push all to committee members to do. When the project ends, they won't take back all the former workload. That's how they end up "seemingly" busy but in fact do nothing. They kill time surfing net, tell tales to boss, report all the mistakes that colleagues commit. Being in the HR field, I get to watch all these dramas first hand. Get to see the performance reviews and to hear the complaints from their long-suffering colleagues.
@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
9 Feb 09
Oh, there are lots of such kind in an office. I only wonder why others let themselves be pushed by these lazy-"smart" colleagues. I know someone who did volunteer to head a project and left lots of his work to a friend. I strongly advised my friend not to accept the additional load, not only that he has lots in his hands but simply because it is not proper (actually, because I know that my friend's work mate is not a good team player). I do understand that we have to be helping from time to time but if another project will interfere with our normal work load, then upper management should be doing the work adjustment and not by these eager, opportunistic volunteers. I also think an annual evaluation is too long (and just imagine if there is no co-worker to co-worker evaluation - oops, I can't think of the term) to get back and correct a situation. If I can't bring sense to a colleague who is disrupting an effective and efficient working environment, then I will meet him/her in our superior's office.
@scheng1 (24701)
• Singapore
9 Feb 09
Your colleague might not be a match for these kind of "smart" jerks. If she turns down the boss, then this jerk will go and complain to her boss about how lazy she is, and how uncooperative. So in the end, the extra workload still comes to her.
@besthope44 (12141)
• India
30 Apr 10
Well there are certain people of this kind with a motto to get promotion and hikes. Many act as if they are busy and in real if you find, they dont have any works at all and just time pass but for others shows very busy.
@scheng1 (24701)
• Singapore
1 May 10
Hi besthope44, those people are really good actors. The worst is that many of them have so much time to spot the mistakes of colleagues, and to report to bosses all the small mistakes. They are good at backstabbing, and talk as if everyone is bad, and they are the only good performers in the company.
@bowtieguy (5924)
• United States
22 Apr 09
I do seem more busy then I actually am. Since I am the boss now I have people that work for me and the only time I actually work is when I am processing theirs and making sure that everyone is doing what they are supposed to and that it is getting finished on time. I also have to come up with new schedules and weeking meeting I have to make charts for show the production of the department. It all sounds like a lot but there are several times in the begining of a work week that I just sit around my office on the computer untill work comes in.
@scheng1 (24701)
• Singapore
23 Apr 09
haha, that's why you can boss over others. I do notice that those who seem busy at work are promoted much faster than those who worked very, very hard. Those who always seem busy, and go around telling others how busy they are, do fly up the corporate ladder. Pity those who work so hard but keep so quiet that nobody realize their existence. Enjoy idling your time away surfing mylot and gets promotion every year!