Conscious Communication

Conscious Leadership

Daily Trek

F*ck the Bucket List




Tales from the Trek

Trusted Relationships



Fake Work: Poor Management or Lazy People?

Jul 18, 2023 | Conscious Leadership, Daily Trek

Fake Work - Ayelet Baron - Radical Trekking

Fake work is like putting on a show or performance. It’s doing things that make you look busy, but these tasks don’t really help the company. This can happen when you’re stuck in unnecessary meetings, writing reports nobody reads, or working on projects that never get off the ground.

Poor management often causes this fake work with poor planning, which leaves people feeling frustrated.It’s also a world of pretense at work.

Let’s take a research scientist as an example. He started a job at a tech company full of hope. He wanted to use his machine learning skills to push the limits of AI. But that dream quickly turned into a disappointing maze of confusion and dissatisfaction. Despite his big paycheck, he felt wasted and aimless. Soon, he found himself on a performance improvement plan.

But then, he got a chance to work on a new project. It seemed promising, and he poured himself into it. But it turned out that the project was never meant to be launched. That was the last straw. He left the company.

This reality of fake work is getting more and more common in the tech industry. Many tech employees draw huge salaries while they maintain a facade of productivity, instead of making real contributions.

But this isn’t about employees being lazy and collecting money. At the root is managers assigning tasks that don’t matter. So, the rise of fake work is about lack of management.

Tech companies hired people fast to keep up with demand during the pandemic. But they didn’t plan well for these new hires. Many of them ended up without meaningful roles. This caused layoffs and more claims of fake work.

Many tech employees didn’t have enough real work to fill their days. Often, more than one person got the same task. While some people might have taken advantage of this, most found themselves stuck in a frustrating situation.

Now, big tech companies are laying off thousands to reduce fake work. They are trying to become more efficient. But maybe a healthier course of action is to focus on conscious leadership and culture.

Are we steering off course, straying from what work truly means if we need to divide work, like news, into what’s fake and what’s real?

Fake work is now a hot topic, signaling a disconnection from the real essence of work. It’s not just about tasks or roles. It’s about people, our lives, our investment in these organizations.

The opportunity lies in clear communication, conscious leadership, and a culture woven with respect. Work isn’t a stage for mimicking productivity. It’s about making a genuine, meaningful contribution to a shared mission. Each person’s unique skills and abilities are tools for creating collective success.

Can we route our energy to pursuits that matter? Is it time to rise, to question, to build organizations that appreciate real work, not just its facade? Can we value our own lives and make conscious decisions about what truly is important to us when it comes to where we work?

Let’s bring the focus back to valuing human contribution over mere appearances. That’s the path we need to tread on, away from the shadows of fake work and towards the light of genuine creation and mutual respect.

Search the Blog

Subscribe to the Daily Trek




Medium Blog

Corporate Sanity Blog

Share this post online

Sign-up to receive the Daily Trek email with a new tale from the trek every day.