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Old 07-08-2010, 10:56 AM
 
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Someone once gave me this advice on how to prosper in the world of work:

"Show up on time, keep your head down, do your work, no small talk about non work related topics with coworkers, stay away from office politics, don't disagree with your boss, don't listen to any gossip, eat your lunch at your desk, stay away from corporate functions (happy hours, picnics, etc), and try to use email for pretty much all of your workplace communications.

What do you think, is this good advice for moving up in the world of business?
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:20 AM
 
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Depending on the office culture it's good advice for not being as big a risk of being laid off maybe, but for moving up there are many who given equal skills move up much quicker because they know how to play the game. It comes with risks and rewards.
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:30 AM
 
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I think it's a good way not to get fired, but not a good way to advance. It also depends on everyone else in the office. You don't want to seem aloof just because you think you have to act a certain way.

I think email is good for the times when you think you might have to COYA in a sticky situation where someone might be out to get you.
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Sounds like an awful place to work.
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:39 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Horrible advice for moving up. Probably pretty good advice for staying in the same position for a long time.
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:03 PM
 
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The mentor said if you don't talk to anyone in the office unless absolutely necessary, you won't **** anyone off. Just keep your head down and do your work! RIGHT?

(Where I work lots of people use this advice because our sea of cubicles are stone quiet. No one talks!)

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Old 07-08-2010, 12:05 PM
 
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Someone once gave me this advice on how to prosper in the world of work:

"Show up on time, keep your head down, do your work, no small talk about non work related topics with coworkers, stay away from office politics, don't disagree with your boss, don't listen to any gossip, eat your lunch at your desk, stay away from corporate functions (happy hours, picnics, etc), and try to use email for pretty much all of your workplace communications.

What do you think, is this good advice for moving up in the world of business?
that's horrible advice.
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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The mentor said if you don't talk to anyone in the office unless absolutely necessary, you won't **** anyone off. Just keep your head down and do your work! RIGHT?

(Where I work lots of people use this advice because our sea of cubicles are stone quiet. No one talks!)
Sounds like a miserable place to work, IMO. I agree with most of the other posts on here. It's good advice for staying under the radar and minimizing your chances of getting fired or laid off. It's poor advice if you have any intentions of moving up in the world. If nobody at work knows who you are or what you do exactly, how are you going to be taken into consideration for a promotion?
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:37 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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The mentor said if you don't talk to anyone in the office unless absolutely necessary, you won't **** anyone off. Just keep your head down and do your work! RIGHT?

(Where I work lots of people use this advice because our sea of cubicles are stone quiet. No one talks!)
All the work environments that I have been in, small talk was part of the culture. If I followed your advice about not engaging in small talk about non-work-related matters, I would have not fit in too well. I do believe that it should be done moderately as there is a such thing as too much idle chatter, especially if it interferes with productivity.
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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You probably won't move up but you will survive.
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