What bodes well for IM and social networking does not translate to productivity…According to an international Gallup poll, only one in five of us are actually engaged and productive in our jobs. (Present blogger excluded. Wait, let me close Bluefly…)
According to French writer Corinne Maier, author of "Bonjour Laziness," you can get away with "active disengagement" by mastering your company's jargon, shuffling papers and cultivating a personal network among your colleagues.
Among her tips for avoiding work: "Seek out the most useless positions. The more useless, the more difficult it is to assess your contribution to the firm's assets. You will not be judged on the way you do your work, but on your ability to conform."
The problem…is that companies tend to operate in a "factory mentality" where productivity is measure by hours spent at work rather than the tasks completed.
So next time you hear someone moan about being stressed and overworked, be a bit skeptical -- they are more likely to be toiling away doing as little as possible.
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