7 Tips for Dealing With a Lazy Co-Worker

Date:20-10-2014 15:20:11 read:0
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he trick to effectively dealing with a lazy coworker is to take care not to get into the same bandwagon without realizing it. A lazy coworker may effectively convince a lot of other workers that working too hard is of no consequence as your hard work will never get noticed and you will still get paid the same and that it will not propel you into a better profile or a higher salary in any way. Many people actually believe it, and get carried away easily. But while working hard may not make miracles happen with the blink of an eye, they surely develop your skills, know-how and capacity to deliver, which undoubtedly gets noticed, and rewarded in time. Therefore, you should make it a point to steer clear of the means and ways in which a lazy coworker could influence you. Here are some tips for dealing with a lazy coworker.

1. Avoid getting distracted by them

Your coworker may be lazy in their work, but you must not let yourself get distracted by it. If you constantly keep checking what they are doing instead of working, you may be missing out on your own work as well. If you are constantly aware of what your coworker is doing instead of what you are doing, you are getting distracted, which you must not let happen.

2. Avoid getting carried away by them

You may have noticed what exactly your coworker does instead of working. You already know that they follow a completely offbeat schedule at work and do unproductive things to pass the time which is meant to get some work done. Well, noticing what they do is fine, but do not get carried away by their schedule. Even if they invite you to an extra long lunch break or for a little outing for a while which is never just a while, avoid it as much as you can because even if they do not want to work, you do not want to be labeled the same by others in your workplace.

3. Don’t change your own attitude

You know your coworker is lazy but do not be too engrossed or occupied with being annoyed or angry with them because of it. If you let the fact that they are lazy affect your own productivity, you will have to bear the brunt eventually. Do not change your attitude because your coworker is lazy. Be aware of things, but stay unaffected by them and continue to be yourself.

4. Never complain or report them

Never ever complain or report a lazy coworker. Your superior may already be aware of the employee who is lazy, but when you speak up about it, it makes you come across as unprofessional. A boss may promise to investigate the situation or tell you to mind your own business, but either ways you end up on the wrong side of your boss’s circle of appreciation. If your coworker’s laziness is affecting your work, for instance a joint project or a team task, you may put it across as a fact instead of a complaint, and the point will be made without you looking daft.

5. Don’t do them too many favors

If your coworker is lazy, it is not your problem. Do not take up their responsibilities on your shoulders as favors or just because you think that the work is important and needs to be done. As long as you do your job well, you have nothing else to worry about. If it is a joint project or you share responsibilities with them as a team, you should just remind them about deadlines and pending tasks, and then mind your own business. But do not spend too much energy beating yourself up about unfinished work for which you are not responsible.

6. Avoid getting into joint projects with them

You may at times be assigned work or projects where you are required to coordinate or work jointly with a lazy coworker. Avoid such projects as much as you can. Of course, it does not look good, so what you can do is ask for an extension of deadline at the very onset. You could also talk about pace of work and that it might not match with that of your coworker since both are required to work in tandem. This would subtly put across a message about your coworker’s laziness without you looking like a whiner.

7. Use their laziness as an opportunity

Sometimes you can turn untoward situations to your own advantage. Take the opportunity of a lazy coworker to become a leader. Approach your superiors and offer to help your coworker whose productivity is surely not up to the mark. This will put you in the light of a leader and will also be appreciated your bosses.

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