Re: Unproductive breaks
I used to have a manager just like you. At the time my role meant that I was only earning money for the company when I was on a customer site and these would be visits of several weeks in length. One glorious sunny Friday we were chatting and he 'mentioned' that it was a wonderful day to be strolling round a golf course. Taking the hint I 'mentioned' that I wanted to clear through my systems documentation and toolkits and make sure things were neat and tidy. He merely said 'See you Monday' and off I went.
The payback? One Saturday morning he rang me at home to say he needed me to fly out on Sunday to a customer for two weeks, I just asked which airport/flight.
As you say, treat me like an adult and I will respond in kind and everyone feels good about it.