Posted on January 26, 2010
Essential Business Skills
Some Essential tips for true business professionals. I use these all the time, which is why I am on the fast track to success in the business world. You can learn a lot by implementing all of these skills in your day to day at the office.
They kind of remind of watching the Office as a matter of fact, like stacking papers on your desk. Makes me thing of Dwight getting a ruler and pushing all of Jim’s papers off of his desk. hahah
I wonder what it would be like to work at Dunder Mifflen. Steve Carrell would be an awesome boss, although I don’t know how long I could stand him. Regardless, on to the success:
- 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 are heading for the canteen. People with a newspaper in their hand look like they are 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 you do.
- Use Computers To Look Busy – Anytime 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 are not bad either. When you get caught by your boss – and you will get caught – your best defense is to claim you are teaching yourself to use new software, thus saving valuable training expenses.
- Messy Desk – Top management can get away with a clean desk. For the rest of us, it looks like we are 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 desk, bury the document you’ll need halfway down in an existing stack and rummage for it when he/she arrives.
- Voice Mail – Never answer your phone if you have voice mail. People don’t call 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 impeding work, respond during lunch hour when you know they are not there – it looks like you are hardworking and conscientious even though you’re being a devious weasel.
- Looking Impatient and Annoyed – Always try to look impatient and annoyed to give your bosses the impression that you are always busy.
- 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 emails at unearthly hours (e.g. 9:35pm, 7.05am, etc) and during public holidays.
- Creative Sighing for Effect – Sigh loudly when there are many people around, giving the impression that you are under extreme pressure.
- 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)
- Build 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 will sound impressive.
- Have 2 Jackets – If you work in a big open plan office, always leave a spare jacket draped over the back of your seat. This gives the impression that you are still on the premises. The second jacket should be worm while swanning around elsewhere.
Follow these rules, and one day you’ll enjoy the success that I do!