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The best quote I've seen lately about white collar work comes from commenter Webster:

"The white collar sector is all about no activity punctuated occasionally by useless activities."

I laughed for five minutes after reading that.
 
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Apr 21, 2009
Veggie Lover said, "There is a famous saying, " It is better to do nothing than be busy doing nothing " ! I think it was by an ancient Chinese philosopher."

Exactly!

Doing nothing, absolute nothing, until you absolutely must do something, is Zen-like. If you try to get busy doing nothing, in a vain attempt to make nothing look like something, you run the risk of generating something that looks or feels like ... non-productive work.

Webster
(Doing absolutely nothing until Veggie Lover's posting alert arrived)
 
 
Apr 21, 2009
There is a famous saying, " It is better to do nothing than be busy doing nothing " ! I think it was by an ancient Chinese philosopher
 
 
Apr 7, 2009
Its funny because you have so much distance from corporate life. I dont think the quote is funny.
*scowls at Scott*
 
 
Apr 2, 2009
"I laughed for five minutes after reading that." Then returned to no activity.
 
 
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Apr 1, 2009
While very tempting, it's actually quite dangerous for a white collar induhvidual to establish "doing nothing" as a goal. It can be an employment killer. The HR induhviduals have ways of measuring nothing to high precision.

Rather, the secret to a having a long and relatively carefree career in the world of white collars is to take procrastination to the level of an art form.

One must ensure than everything that one is expected to do is performed as close to the completion deadline as possible.

To do otherwise will simply lead to doing multiple versions of the same project prior to the deadline. That can be very tedious -- constantly submitting and resubmitting the same the thing in the vain hope that the highly incompetent induhvidual who requested your effort will find it satisfactory -- and very time consuming. Such time is better spent doing nothing, all in a fashion that will not be knowable or measurable by the HR induhviduals.

Webster
 
 
Apr 1, 2009
How do you like this one: The disadvantage of doing nothing is that you never know exactly when it is finished.
 
 
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Mar 31, 2009
Medical doctors, nurses and dentists are white and blue smock workers. It's a special category of worker that must be ridiculed in a separate thread. Sorry.

Webster
 
 
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Mar 31, 2009
Do Doctors and Nurses count as white collar or Blue collar?
 
 
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Mar 30, 2009
It did nothing for me.
 
 
Mar 30, 2009
At first I was offended, but then I looked back over my life in the cubicle and and had to reluctantly agree. (sigh)

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Speaking of useless things, I think it's time to accept that <a href="http://stuffiseeonline.blogspot.com/">online guestbooks are useless</a>.
 
 
Mar 30, 2009
@piglet

Webster is OK with it. Thank you for doing the right thing in asking for my permission.

Mind you, it was not an easy decision.

Normally a charge a LOT of money for the use of a sentence like that.

You see, piglet, I own and manage a embarrassingly lucrative advertising agency in Canada. Possibly you have heard of it. it's called Webster's Fancy Word Emporium.

It's a niche company. We specialize in working with corporate clients who are mentally impaired and filthy rich -- so they won't mind so much that we are over charging them for absolutely worthless marketing and advertising advice.

Webster
 
 
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Mar 30, 2009
If Webster is OK with it, I'm going to adapt his definition and use it to answer my family's questions about my work.

"My consulting assignments are all about no activity punctuated occasionally by useless meetings."

Incredibly, I've been at it for 3 and a half years (ever since I decided I didn't want to sit in the same dilbertian cubicle forever), and keep being generously paid for that.
 
 
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Mar 30, 2009
See, this is why I'm glad I don't work in a cubicle... yet. I'm bored enough at home.

The only thing worse than having too much work is not having enough.
 
 
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Mar 30, 2009
you actually read these?
 
 
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Mar 30, 2009
Hmmm.... The quote leaves out the part where the white collars engage in activity actually harmful to those doing useful work. I'm surprised by this...
 
 
 
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