Are You a Goldbrick?

ver heard of the term goldbricking?

I consulted Google, the pinnacle of all knowledge, to learn about it – at my desk in work, admittedly. I wasn’t long in realising that I was looking for deeper meaning in something that is actually self-explanatory which in no way, shape or form mirrors to the way I approach most menial tasks in my everyday life… Promise…

Literally speaking, goldbricking relates directly to the act of applying a coat of gold paint to a brick of metal that is, in fact, not gold. This results in having an object that appears to be solid gold but in reality is far less valuable.

You may be wondering how you ever managed to live life fully without this knowledge or, simply, how this applies to your life being a person not in the business of forgery. Well, in actual fact, it does in many ways. You see, if you understand the idea of goldbricking, you realise that this is an action we have all been guilty of, perhaps even this very minute.

The phrase “looking the part” springs to mind here. Have you ever turned up to the library to check-out a tonne of books, grabbed a coffee, found a table, scattered your materials around you like a cage, and proceeded then – and only then – to direct your attention to your social media accounts for a few hours?

Perhaps the most likely thing you’ve been guilty of doing is using the computer in work whilst still maintaining the appearance of working. It could be as simple as having Facebook open in a minimised tab, concealed from the prying eyes of your supervisor, and still continuing to scrunch your nose, drum your fingers and sigh periodically in order to create the illusion of tackling a stressful workload. It’s similar to saying you need to take an important business call and leaving the room to finalise weekend plans with your buddies over the phone.

The specific term for procrastination on the web at work is cyberloafing. With so many of us working on computers, it can sometimes be irresistible to lose whole hours of the day swiping, scrolling, liking, and stalk– I mean, um, scrolling some more.

While it isn’t the crime of the century, being a goldbrick isn’t exactly something you want to be known for and it spells bad news for employers who lose millions of pounds each year due to people slacking.

Our advice is straightforward but that’s not to say that executing it will be easy.

Give your job your full attention

In having a job, you are wealthier than a quarter of the population in the UK and if your job is in your field of choice then you’ll find that you are wealthier in a variety of other respects. By giving your job 100% of your attention, you’ll not only improve at your job but you’ll equally learn lots about your downfalls and be able to give them the attention they need. Good jobs are so few and far between that having one should make you feel quite lucky and, therefore, you should not jeopardise that by only giving half of your effort.

Ask yourself: would I wear that?

Yes, the reason we are often asked not to dress too casually at work is that dressing smartly is that it helps us to subconsciously differentiate between our downtime and working time, thus, be more productive in the workplace. However, if you find yourself adorning your body with expensive garments, jewellery, make-up and the like in order to compensate for your lack of abilities, ask yourself if you are in the right job for you.

Be authentic

When you successfully manage to fool your employer or peers that you are working hard – be that in the library, the office or even the gym – when in actual fact you are barely exerting yourself, the person you are disappointing first and foremost is yourself. Give yourself adequate time to learn and shine in all that you do. They say you should “fake it till you make it” but there’s no point in being the aesthetic spokesperson for something if you can’t deliver in the role yourself.

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