Top 5 Tips for Working With a Slacker
Every office has one…or did…a slacker. This particular breed of ne’er-do-well is both frustrating and difficult. It does not take any psychological training to work with a slacker. Use a little psychology (and some well-placed comments) to make the office a better place to work.
1. No enabling.
Do not do the work for Joe Slacker. If your job depends on Joe finishing a project, ask:
I am waiting on Joe’s expense report. Did he leave it in your office?
Keep the boss in the loop and let authority deal with the slacker.
You will not look like the tattletale of the office if the boss pages the slacker to answer for slacking.
2. No encouraging.
Regardless of what Joe is doing, do your own job. Your hard work will pay off at evaluation time. Sinking to the slacker’s level makes Joe feel like he is doing plenty work.
Slackers are rarely shamed by other’s hard work. Instead, the Joe will feign exhaustion from the work being done in front of him.
3. It is the boss’ job.
The boss bears the responsibility of overall production. If she is unaware, tell her without whining. It should not be a personal attack on Joe.
My part was complete. I had to wait for Joe’s numbers to take the report to the printer.
The tactic of telling your boss your project would have been finished far sooner had not the slacker been preventing your progress prompts the boss to investigate the slacker’s non-productivity.
4. Cut him off.
Is Joe interfering with your work?
I am too busy for your proposition of a cup of coffee.
By simply stating you have too much real work to do than time to spend recreating, you tacitly let the slacker know you are onto his slacking.
5. Be patient.
In the end, Joe always falls victim to the axe. Focus on your job, and this time will fly. Joe’s permanent coffee break will become his profession, opening advancement opportunity for anyone willing to work as hard as you do.
Hard Work Pays Off
Slackers are never good office mates. Rest assured, you will not have to work with them long.
How do you deal with slackers? Feel free to be blunt.