When we were kids, we would play Hide and Seek. You know, one person would close their eyes and count to 30 while the others went to hide. Then the counter would have to go find the others where they were hiding. Sound familiar?
Does this ever happen to you at work?
Do you have a leader who plays Hide and Seek with you?
This would be the leader who sits in their office all day, only coming out to see where everyone is at 6 pm - dooing a head count to see who stayed late.
Or if you are on the road - this would be the leader who drives from one location under your responsibility to the next looking for you, making sure they tell everyone at the location they are looking for you, but has yet to call you to find out where you actually are today.
What do you do? In the office - work what you are scheduled or planned to work. The leader has no bone to pick with you if your work is done - staying late does not necessarily mean you are being effective/
On the road - you have most likely already provided your schedule to the leader - stick to it. When you are notified by one of your team members that the leader is looking for you, call the leader and remind them of your schedule for the day. Remember to ask if they were seeking you out for something specific so that you can handle it right away and get back to your day.