I was told this the other day.
It was friendly though, and was followed by a “if you know what I mean”.
The well-intended fella was just communicating that by staying out of other people’s way, by not being around too much, others could do their jobs more efficiently.
But he also implied, to be available, if needed, by request.
The expression is quite flawed though. That’s not scarce. Anything that can be tapped into as needed, we may argue is abundant, not scarce. Water is not spilling all over our house, but is abundant and flows as soon as we turn the tap. Electricity is not zapping and shocking people, but as soon as we turn the switch, the lights come on. Electricity is abundant, and in most modern cities, water is too.
Abundance is better than scarcity. And abundance with containment, is even better.