A man who teaches workers how to look busy at work even when they’re not, said Monday at a job fair in West Palm Beach that keeping a job in the current economy will come down to who can look the busiest at work.
“It’s not how busy at work you are, but how busy you look that could mean the difference between your bottom line and the unemployment line,” says Jay Schorr, America’s Looking Busy coach. So he’s taking his Looking Busy techniques on the road to teach millions of American workers how to look busy at work, even when they’re not.
Schorr, who wrote the book “50 Ways to Look Busy At Work – Even When You’re Not,” and America’s self-proclaimed Looking Busy coach, says there has never been a more important time than in today’s unsettled labor market to make sure you’re at least looking busy at work.
“The average American worker spends only 5-1/2 hours of an eight-hour day actually doing work. That leaves 2-1/2 hours a day – or 12-1/2 hours a week! – to look busy,” said Schorr, who says he wrote his book while looking busy at his last job. “What you do with those 12-1/2 hours can mean the difference between your bottom line and the unemployment line.”
Schorr, who is based out of Hollywood, FL has been touring the country holding seminars for workers who want to learn the secrets to looking busy in down times, as well teaching bosses what to look for when their workers are trying to look busy when they’re not.
“I play both sides of the workforce fence,” proffers Schorr. “Both workers and management need looking busy skills. They’re actually quite complimentary.”
Schorr explains that when workers are looking busy, it’s a sign of company inefficiency; something is awry in the workplace. For bosses, knowing how to spot the looking busy signs is imperative to not only improving corporate efficiency, but to saving jobs that would otherwise have to be eliminated because of worker down time.
Some of the most popular Looking Busy techniques taught by Schorr include Pensive Doodling and the Sweat Shop maneuver.
“Pensive Doodling is the art of doodling shapes and designs on a legal pad to connote actual work product,” said Schorr. “The key is your doodling facial expression. You’ve got to intermittently stop doodling, look up with a pensive expression etched upon your face like you’re trying to solve a workplace problem, then continue your doodling.”
Schorr said varying doodling speed is a great way to really sell the move.
“I really like the ‘I’m On A Roll So Don’t Bother Me’ doodle, where you frenetically doodle like you’re having a real brainstorm for the company,” said Schorr.
The Sweat Shop maneuver involves filling up a spray bottle with water and then spritzing you shirt to make it look like you’re sweating – hard at work for the company.
“The Sweat Shop maneuver never fails,” said Schorr. “Although I wouldn’t recommend it for an office in Duluth in January.”
Corporations across America are calling Schorr to give Looking Busy seminars to their workers and management. The courses have proven so popular that Schorr has had to donate his full attention and time to teaching American workers the fine art of Looking Busy.
“Looking busy is hard work,” says Schorr. “I’m thinking about taking some time off for a vacation.”