We had this. Except when a question about an insane policy was raised, it got turned into insubordination;
PHB: We need to do this to lean the process.
Me: I don't understand. That's not going to make the process any leaner. That creates three extra trips into the lab every time we do it.
PHB: So, you're saying that you don't support lean processes?
I'm way to honest to work. I used to get bugged about "looking busy" when I worked at a print shop and there were long periods with nothing to run on the press. That look busy stuff is so phony, I just couldn't lower myself to that level. Much better to do something productive, and for its own sake.
Give Wally a piece of paper to carry as well as his coffee mug and he will look extremely busy.
And it is true that the busy-looking ones get ahead with the bosses. I have tried carrying papers around the office building,walking fast and a looking a bit stressed. Wow! I get compliments from the top rankers that never look twice at me otherwise!