You need to make yourself indispensable at your workplace with companies laying off employees like there is no tomorrow. Or at least don’t throw away your wicket. Lolling around or napping at your desk surely does not qualify for work. We list out other activities that could cost you your job and handy excuses that could pull you out of the mess:
Coming in late:
You could do it before recession raised its dirty head but you can’t do it now. If you come even 10 minutes late, you are going to be perceived as being lazy, laidback and casual about your work.
Excuse: I was on my way but this guy in the train has fainted and needs some help. I will be a little late.
Checking networking sites: Ya, we know that you like to keep track of the beers, hugs and karate chops sent to you on Face book but make sure your boss doesn’t catch you red handed while you are networking. If you are caught more than once, you clearly are jobless and under-challenged and have reason to worry.
Excuse: When will our clients stop sending me notices on Facebook.
Spending time in the recreation room: All the work and no play used to make Jack a dull boy before recession. Now it only makes him a no gooder who has got oodles of time to kill and is safely dispensable.
Excuse: I’ve hurt my leg and my doctor has advised me to exercise it. Since I’ve been working overtime, I don’t have time to go for a jog.
Going on leave:
Taking a vacation at this time is really not a good idea if your job is important to you. When you come back all charged up, you will probably be asked to go take a hike.
Excuse: My only sister’s best friend’s nephew is getting married and he is the most important person in my life.
Socializing: Even if serving tea seems more challenging than your work, do not keep getting up from your seat to catch up with interesting colleagues. Your charge sheet will include two crimes: First not working and second, not letting others work. Those who are seldom at their seats are seldom taken seriously.
Excuse: I was trying to help so-and-so complete his assignment. Or, I was ideating with so-and-so about how we could help increase revenues for the company.
On the phone: We’re not suggesting that you switch off your mobile phone, but you certainly can put it on silent mode, so that your boss doesn’t get to know how often you get calls. Make sure your conversation does not last longer than 10 minutes. If you are going to be talking for over half an hour at a stretch you might as well be sitting in a coffee shop with the caller.
Excuse: When you are caught, do a serious expression and say, Oh, no! What are you saying? Tell me that is not true! Sigh for a deeper impact.
Enter late for a meeting conducted by a senior boss involving important future plans of the Company during Recession: Arriving a few minutes early for an office meeting gives you time to relax and shows how much you respect your seniors, colleagues and working time. Secondly, it is a great way to make a good impression. Coming in early also guarantees you get a good seat to be in the good looks of bosses.
Come unprepared for the above: Coming unprepared for a meeting shows how disinterested and unprofessional you are. If you’ve been given an agenda or material to read, read it up before you enter into the meeting. This way you’ll appear confident and professional. Also, if you have any questions or contribution related to the subject being discussed politely ask the speaker if you can share something. This way you can contribute your points and draw the attention of the top manager presiding over the meeting.