Thursday, December 15, 2011

10 Tips For Dealing With A Lazy Co-Worker

I got this from my friend and posting as it is.

10 Tips For Dealing With A Lazy Co-Worker

Don't let them distract you.

Don't spend your day focusing on the fact that your lazy co-worker is constantly checking Facebook, texting or snoring at the desk next to yours. Try to tune them out and focus on your work. "Human beings are funny that way," says Robbins. "We will spend more time focusing the fact that our colleague isn't doing their work, than it would take to just do it ourselves."


Don't let it impact your attitude.

If you waste your time and energy on being angry or annoyed about your lazy colleague, your work performance might start slipping and you may be less pleasant to be around. A hostile colleague is just as bad as a lazy one.

Don't get caught up in the issue of fairness.

Life isn't fair. "People often say 'it's unfair that he gets away with doing nothing,' but at the end of the day, it really doesn't change anything," says Robbins. "By pointing out that it's not fair, we just make ourselves feel bad and the situation doesn't change." Instead, focus on being the best that you can be.

Don't let their ways rub off on you.

Don't get sucked into their routine of two-hour lunch breaks and dozens of trips to the restroom or water cooler. If they start chatting with you, let them know you're busy. "It's tempting to follow their lead if they are getting away with it, but don't fall into that trap," says Robbins.

Don't let their work become your responsibility.

If you're on the same team or share the same responsibilities, don't pick up the work they aren't doing. Remind them of tasks and deadlines, but don't let babysitting your lazy colleague consume too much of your valuable time.

Don't gossip or complain to other colleagues.

It's unprofessional. "You could cause misunderstandings and hurt feelings," Robbins says.

Don't tattle.

This might make you look like a brownnoser, so don't do it. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't speak up. "This one is tricky," says Robbins. "It depends on the situation and the boss. Some bosses might say, 'thanks for letting me know. I'll investigate;' while others may tell you 'it's not your job to worry about your co-workers' performance.' It could make you look bad. But if you go to your boss and say, 'I'm at a point where I can't go any further with this project because I'm waiting for Bill to finish his part. What can we do about this?' it gets the point across without seeming like a tattler." If they explicitly ask you to review your co-workers performance, you should be honest, Robbins suggests.

Don't let them impact your success.

A lazy colleague can hinder your progress. If your boss notices work isn't getting done, don't let the blame fall on you. This is your opportunity to speak up, if you haven't done so already.

Use the opportunity to become a leader.

This may be your chance to really step up and prove you can deal with difficult situations. "When you go to your boss, tell him or her that you've noticed your colleague isn't getting their work done, so you would like the opportunity to be a leader. Then, approach your colleague and say you want to help him meet goals and deadlines. This frames you as a leader."

Communicate with your co-worker.

He or she might not be lazy. Instead, they might be unclear of their tasks and deadlines. "Be clear about goals, deadlines and commitments," says Robbins. "Sometimes it's not that they're lazy, it's that they don't have a good way of organizing their work or managing their time." There's always a chance that they're preoccupied with a personal matter, too. "We need to remember that life happens," says Robbins. They could be distracted by a health issue or family problem.

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