i work , really i do............................
Groucho Marx once said, ‘the secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you have got it made’
I guess the secret of professional success is looking busy, if you can fake the expression of extreme concentration, worry and concern for the organization you are the man.
However intelligent, hard working you are, unless you look busy there is no proof that you have been working. Therefore, why bother working, just look busy.
It also helps to create an ambience, for instance a perennial stack of papers on your desk (even if you have to borrow some from the stack of rejected Xeroxes or printouts), some chintzy looking posters or stickers saying something like ‘work is god’ or better ‘the boss is always right’ and a note of the boss’s birthday (better still the birthdays of his whole family).
Then you are unbeatable.
One more thing that I learnt in my job (that and the above sums up my on the job learning) is that when your boss asks questions like ‘anybody wants to add something to what I just said’ or worse ‘ anybody wants to differ from what I just said’ or the worst ‘ you there, what is your opinion about the corporate strategy I just proposed’ , then buddy just pretend that you are dumb. They don’t ask those questions because they are interested in your invaluable suggestion for ‘the holistic Organisational development’ (everybody is proud of his/her suggestion, right), they are just looking for a prey to vent out their frustration on.
So if your intelligent, hard working and have a suggestion which you think is useful and innovative (I believe you) play dumb and pretend to take copious notes on whatever your boss just blabbered on, and you will be fine.