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Dilbert's laws of work

Posted on November 24, 1997 in humor

  1. If you can't get your work done in the first 24 hours, work nights.

  2. A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt.

  3. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

  4. It doesn't matter what you do, it only matters what you say you've done and what you're going to do.

  5. The more junk you put up with, the more junk you are going to get.

  6. You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.

  7. Eat one live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.

  8. When the bosses talk about improving productivity, they are seldom talking about themselves.

  9. If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a fool about it.

  10. Keep your boss's boss off your boss's back.

  11. Everything can be filed under "miscellaneous".

  12. Never delay the ending of a meeting or the beginning of lunch.

  13. To err is human, to forgive is not our policy.

  14. Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he/she is supposed to be doing.

  15. If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are really good, you will get out of it.

  16. You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your desk.

  17. People who go to conferences are the ones who shouldn't.

  18. If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done.

  19. When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.

  20. Following the rules will not get the job done.

  21. Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules.

  22. When confronted by a difficult problem, you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, "How would the Lone Ranger handle this?".

  23. No matter how much you do, you never do enough.

  24. The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong.

From The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams (www.dilbert.com)