Times are hard and people are doing everything theycan to keep their jobs.
I've heard that you are supposed to make yourself invaluable to your boss by multi-tasking.
Beside always being on time, and always ready to get the boss a cop of coffee, employees must be prepared to do what it takes to please their boss.
Brown-nosing is now the 21st Century tool for keeping your job.
A good brown-noser can expect to be the last one laid off before the company goes kaput!