I don't think the above is always work. Work needs to have a connection to:
- (1) increased sales
- (2) reduced cost
- (3) fulfilled legal requirements (reluctantly included due to SOX, SEC requirements, etc)
Having consulted for a few companies, a good number of employees don't know how what they do day-to-day actually translates into dollars. If you can't connect what you are doing today with an impact on one of the three categories within the next six months, it probably shouldn't be considered work.