If you work in a large corporation this may be your number 1 ticket to survival: management by visibility. There was a lady back at my last employer who ran a large production department. We had a ton of arguments for all sorts of reasons but I have to give her this: she had perfected the art.
In essence, what it comes down to is this: in a "classic" large organization you will not be judged by the impact you make on the marketplace unless you are at least near the board of directors. In all other positions, change is more a threat than an opportunity because large companies don't like to change. Check out this excellent chapter from Seth Godin's book "Triiibes" titled "The Balloon Factory and the Unicorn" if you don't follow so far.
So if you have a lot to lose from failure and not much to gain from success then it is quite logical to not only avoid activities with any potential of failure, but to also prioritize areas of potential dissatisfaction in a way that what becomes visible the most to your superiors should be highest on your list.
For example, if a screw comes lose on the handrail of the staircase to the executive floor and you are in charge of plant maintenance then this is your number one priority. Forget delays in production, these guys can always catch up after hours. What matters most is the negative impression this tiny screw can make on your overall reputation. ("If she can't even fix this tiny problem you have to wonder what else...").
At the other end of the spectrum, a person I know was in charge of arranging a large meeting involving one of the company's board members. This person and a small group of mid level executives all arrived at the airport at the same time on the same flight. A van was waiting for the managers and a limo for the board member. Alas, the group of managers got out first, saw the limo driver with the company sign, delightedly jumped in and took off, leaving behind a less than amused board member and a van. There is no excuse for not being at the airport to make sure the board member is taken care of. Not 100% rational from an efficiency point of view but a huge impact on perceived performance.
I am not saying that an isolated event like this will do you in for good, but it will add to a general perception. In my second example, the person in charge of making the arrangements was actually let go shortly thereafter. Different reasons were given but the connection was obvious. It was perhaps the last bit it took to tip the scale.
Outrageous? Maybe. But aren't we all a bit like this? Concluding from a fancy store facade that the products inside will be high quality? Judging by a dirty aircraft interior that it may not be well maintained in general? You will have your own examples, and it seems human nature to me that these standards are being applied in business as well. First impressions matter most (it's why you have your job), but perceived trends thereafter will determine your path from here on.
Thanks for your time,