In order to ensure that they are not under the microscope, most individuals/teams try their very best to show a high productivity in their weekly or monthly reports. In periods when there is not enough work, they resort to "cooking the books" to maintain the record of being highly productive. When times are good the organisation does not feel the impact of such practices. However this is not sustainable in the long term. Costs go up. Revenues reduce. No one knows why!
Employees are so worried about losing their jobs or getting a bad appraisal that they spend most of their time and energy pretending to be busy. What happens in the process is that they are being paid for work that they are not doing and their skills and abilities are not being utilised to its fullest potential. People fail to understand that their success depend on the success of the organisation and that by cheating the organisation they are, in the process, cheating themselves.
Within 2 months there was a requirement in another team and the senior manager remembered me mentioning that I didn't have enough work in my team and reassigned to the new team where I had ample work and lots of new opportunities.
Honesty turned out to be the best policy for me after all.
1. There are teams where there is too much work and not enough people, rather than recruiting a new person for this work, the employee with low work load can be assigned to work there.
2. Management always has problems which are not big enough for it to spend time looking into. The employee can be given the task of coming up with an optimal solution for one of these problems. This encourages the employee to be innovative and if he/she comes up with a workable solution everyone stands to gain.
3. The employee can be trained on some new technology or process making him more versatile and thus more useful to the organisation because of economies of scope.