WORK is dull, so you’re fated to spend time during the working day treading life’s water. Here’s what to do when caught:
Claim to be a model employee
Apologise profusely and explain you were spending your statutory break contemplating the company’s market position and brainstorming ways to futureproof a small Preston mortgage broker so it will become the next Google.
Verdict: will work with bosses that use the same excuse themselves or are storing it away to use in future.
Balls it out. Freeze. If you remain entirely motionless your boss may think you’re invisible, or that time has stopped, or will call you ‘a waste of f**king space’ while walking away from your desk but not actually fire you.
Verdict: less successful with bosses who also have bugger all to do, who may sit down and watch until you faint or piss yourself.
Bursting into a chorus of ‘For he’s a jolly good fellow’ will immediately put your boss on the back foot. Due to their innate insecurity, encouraging others to join in will compound the confusion. If asked why you’re singing, answer ‘like you don’t know!’ followed by three shouts of ‘Hooray!’
Verdict: works every time, but only once per boss.
Sense an earthquake
Easier than it sounds. Look bemused, knock a stapler off your desk then say ‘Did you feel that?’ While they’re off-guard kick stuff then continue ‘there it is again! It’s an earthquake. Did anyone else feel it?’ Colleagues are free to either contribute to your bullshit or ditch you.
Verdict: risky, but better than actually working.
Human resources are hot on mental health right now, so your boss will be duty-bound to pretend to be supportive. Ensure you have a valid reason for crying like injustice, the climate emergency or how cruelly the rest of Little Mix have treated Jesy.
Verdict: works every time, until you’re made redundant for entirely unrelated reasons six months later.