The recent issue of Wired Magazine offers some great tips on how to keep a snooping boss at bay and how to look busy at work. The second is written by Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, and here are some tips from this section:
Complain that you’re totally swamped at every opportunity. Use phrases like “up to my ass in alligators” and “jumping from one fire to another” to make your job sound kind of sexy and dangerous.
Emailing looks like work. Email friends and family often.
If you feel like talking instead of working, talk to your boss. That counts as work no matter what you’re chatting about. The ideal topic of conversation is how poorly all of your coworkers are performing.
Be sure to get involved in unquantifiable projects. You want to be doing a lot of consulting and advising and attending. Avoid anything with a hard and fast deadline.
Here are some other good “How to” guides from this issue: