If you want to look busy at work without actually doing anything, just look around. You’re sure to find handfuls of people doing just that. No, no, don’t bother looking at the other grunts like you. These people work their butts off day in and day out. They know they can just as easily be replaced like an old desk or a worn chair. If you want to appear to be working, but actually not accomplishing much, you need to look at and mirror the higher ups. It’s no secret that middle management and higher often do little to no work around the office.
Walk around the office. Do you ever notice how you’ll catch middle management cronies running through the office, never really going somewhere? They have the appearance that they’re trying to make a meeting, but they’re probably just trying to catch the lunch truck downstairs. Do what they do. Grab a folder, and fill it with papers. Fill a mug half way up with coffee. Now speed walk through the office with your folder tucked under one arm, struggling to hold the coffee mug in your other hand. Do this two or three times every couple of hours. People will think you’re really “going places” in the company.