How blind people know if you are working

  1. No clicking of mouse, no typing of keyboard = not working.  You are probably spacing out, not there or reading a blog article.
  2. Lots of typing = Not working.  You are writing an email or instant messaging or typing a blog. (This is what I sound like now)
  3. Talking in a friendly voice = not working.  You are socializing.
  4. Deciding something = working. This sounds like talking, but not friendly
  5. Little typing, little clicking = working.

I learned this in New York when I was the boss.  I knew what working sounded like and it’s pretty distinct.  What do you sound like right now?

UPDATE: Crap, I said deaf, but I meant blind.  ugh

3 thoughts on “How blind people know if you are working”

  1. That assumes writing an email or instant message aren’t considered work activities. Or things like writing up a bug report, which is like an email but more definitively work.

    Or heck, if you’re a social media coordinator, writing a blog is working too.

  2. “Lots of typing = Not working.”

    In my career I have only ever had to fire one guy due to massive over use of IM. He was just amazed that I could tell the difference between when he was writing code and when he was just chatting with friends.

    Which I kind of thought was another reason to fire him.

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