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How to Deceive Your Boss When Working Remotely
For the cunning remote worker, here's a tongue-in-cheek guide to deception. But beware, every action has its consequence.
Hello, remote leader 👋
In the spirit of understanding the remote minefield better, let's walk on the wild side. Today, we're exploring the crafty ways employees might deceive their remote bosses. And while this is all in jest, remember: true success lies in authentic work.
1. The "Always Online" Trick
The Deception: Use apps to keep your status perpetually 'online' or 'active', even when you're binge-watching your favorite show.
The Reality: Consistent high-quality output can't be faked. And soon, the lack of it becomes evident.
2. The Background Soundscapes
The Deception: Play office background noise during calls to pretend you're hard at work, even when you're at the beach.
The Reality: Sooner or later, those seagulls or waves will give you away. Plus, tan lines are hard to explain on video calls.
3. The "Delayed Email" Strategy
The Deception: Schedule emails to send at odd hours to show you're working late or starting super early.
The Reality: It's not about when you send it, but the content and quality of what you send. Plus, seasoned bosses know this trick.
4. The “Calendar Block” Move
The Deception: Fill your calendar with fake meetings to appear busier and less available than you are.
The Reality: When deliverables aren't met, a packed calendar isn't a suitable excuse. Also, what if someone tries to join one?
5. The Ever-Changing "Wi-Fi Issues"
The Deception: Blame poor connectivity every time you're unprepared or want to skip a meeting.
The Reality: It's the boy who cried wolf. Use it too often, and even genuine issues will be met with skepticism.
The Honest Truth
While these crafty maneuvers might give short-term thrills, they lead to long-term pitfalls. Authenticity, diligence, and genuine commitment to one's role are irreplaceable. Instead of seeking shortcuts, let's channel that energy into genuine productivity.
Because at the end of the day, nothing beats the satisfaction of real achievement.
That's all for this Saturday.
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