Not long ago Budweiser put out a funny TV ad about their fictitious Bud Lite Institute who had invented the “Fake Cup of Coffee 3000” which a person could program to steam at any given time thereby giving the illusion the person was hard at work somewhere in the office when, in reality, he was slacking off somewhere. Maybe you’ve seen it as it was very funny.
I have met quite a few labor fakers in my day. Most dress the part quite well with sleeves rolled up, ties undone, or shirts pulled out of their pants, anything to look like they’re hard at work. They also like to keep their desks cluttered and always carry a lot of paperwork to meetings. Maybe you haven’t noticed but it’s the same papers they’ve been carrying around for weeks and are of no material significance. As the Bud Lite ad indicates, labor fakers like to arrive early but make themselves scarce to find.
Labor fakers believe its the time they put in during the day that is most important, not what they produce. I’m sorry but it’s just the opposite. Managers really don’t care how much time you put in during the day, it’s what you produce that concerns them most. If they believe otherwise, then they are as incompetent as the labor faker.
I’m also seeing a lot of young people pick up on the habits of the labor faker, particularly the disorganized look in the office. Let me ask you something; Since when can a slob outperform someone who has got his or her act together? Frankly, I would rather see people clean up their personal appearance and desk. This would tell me they are at least organized and disciplined, and not trying to hide something.
Yes, appearances are important, but being able to produce quality goods and services on time and within budget should be considered of paramount importance.