It would be cliché to say that every office has one - but in this case it is probably true. Slacking colleagues are ever-present in the workplace, manifesting in the corners like termites and sucking productivity out like leeches. Their existence may cause your frustration, anger and even unproductivity, but it is imperative to maintain your perspective.
Here are 3 types of slackers and how to handle them:
1. The Prized Slacker
A prized slacker is someone who used to be really good at their job, but then they lost motivation, due to whatever reason, and now they slack 8 hours a day. How do they manage to get by? The manager is under the impression that they are the most prized employee in the firm. Having this type of slacker is not only frustrating, but also increasingly common in the corporate world. The Solution: Keep your distance. This colleague is demotivated and frustrated in their career, or lack of it. The best way to cope with such an individual is to ignore their ways and just get on with your own job.
2. The Chatterbox Slacker
This slacker loves to talk - whether through emails, IMs or actual talking. They continuously message other colleagues and don’t get any work done. In their mind, sending IMs is completely acceptable as long as you work 40 minutes of every hour. The worst case scenario of this situation can be the friendship between 2 chatterbox slackers - no work would ever get done at all! The Solution: If the issue is having an effect on your personal productivity, then it is important to address it with your manager or supervisor. Don’t wait for it to get better, because Chatterbox Slackers only get worse with time. If their existence does not affect you - then it is time to step away.
3. The Unsuspected Slacker
The most innocent looking and harmless person in the office is slacking - and it’s all thanks to everyone’s perception of them. If a person looks a certain way, it is hard to believe that they can be slacking in their job. The Solution: Call it - you know what is going on and only you can stop it from happening. Record their slacking if you can to back up your case, and inform your manager of the unproductive “professionals’ festering in the office!
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