Tell me if I am the only one who sees people playing games to look busy and push their workload on others or if you try to look busy so you don't get an unfair amount of work dumped on you. Case in point...the co-worker who pretends to organize the file room while on their cell phone. The mom/dad/spouse who carries a secret stash of toilet paper to force the lazy ones to replace the roll themselves for once...or any kind of pretending to be busy while shirking an unwanted task. Today my two male co-workers were so absorbed on the internet that I was doing all the work, so I chose to do an offline task and redirected all incoming traffic to them. I don't like playing games and believe in sharing the work equaly or even doing more than my share to give another hard worker a well deserved break, but I'll be dogged if I going to bust gut so they can surf the net and not get the work done!!! So what have you or others done to lessen the load at work or home openly or sneakily to avoid open conflict? I literally told the guys today... I don't play those games ... making my co-workers take on all the nasty chores while I pretend to work but don't... but...when I am the only one answering the phone, sometimes I will call the weather station to look busy to force them to start picking up the phone rather than them thinking I will do it for them. PS... I'd never do that to put the burden on them just to encourage them to do their share without having to nag. It's easier to manipulate the situation than to get an attitude and cause conflict I suppose.