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How To Trick Your Boss You’re In Control While You Are Not
Pretend you are with clients when he calls...
Art Girls Jungle 14 Sep 2020

Art fairs may seem like a thing of the past, but actually there have been a few that managed to stay open in 2020. And, even if you didn’t get to go fair hopping this summer, there are always plenty of occasions when your boss might leave you in the gallery or office on your own while they go off somewhere more exciting. And, while we probably have the best intentions of working during that time, in reality we all know that we’re actually busy stalking our rivals and art boy crushes. So, how do we fool our bosses into thinking we’re totally in control? Well, I’m about to tell you!

Pretend You’re With Clients When They Call

If you want to avoid any conversation either over the phone or via zoom, pretend that the office is inundated with business, whether that be buyers or other colleagues. It’s a sure way to convince your boss that you are being super productive while they’re away.

Ask A Lot Of Questions

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Now this might seem counterintuitive, but trust me, it isn’t. Ask your boss how the fair is going, ask them if they need help about anything, ask them about every mundane detail you can think of. By asking questions you are showing that you are concentrating on the task in hand and that you have actually given it a lot of attention. So ask away my friends!

Talk About Your Other Colleagues

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It’s a good idea to mention the other people you are working with when your boss checks in. How’s the receptionist doing? What about the intern? Somebody who’s in control will know all about every member of staff. It will demonstrate to your boss that you’re taking care of your colleagues while also diverting attention away from yourself. 

Think To The Future

If you speak to your boss about future plans, they’ll think you’re so in control that you’re planning the next thing. Whether you really are or not doesn’t matter. It’ll be sure to impress them, and that’s what counts in this situation!

Prepare Your Desk For Their Return

The first thing your boss is going to see on their return is your work station. Make it look like it’s been used. Have some papers lying about, perhaps some post-it notes on your computer…it’ll do the trick!

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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