How to Deal with a Lazy Coworker
Few things are more frustrating in the workplace than having to deal with a lazy coworker. Not only do you often have to pick up their slack, but it can just be downright annoying when you're working hard and the slacker in the next cubicle seems to have way too much time on their hands.
What can you do? While your first instinct might be to complain to your supervisor, that can often backfire and make you like bad. Plus, it is often the boss' favorites who do the least work, so it is possible that the slacker has endeared themselves to your manager. Instead, take this advice:
Let your own work shine. By doing your best, you will rise to the top while also making your coworker seem even more inadequate by comparison.
Be a mentor. Perhaps the coworker isn't really lazy, they just don't know exactly what to do. Before you judge them too harshly right off the bat, try to find out where their interests are, and see if you can help them focus on tasks that are a good fit.
Focus on your own goals. On the other hand, sometimes slackers are deliberately trying to make the entire staff just as laid back as they are. Don't let them drag you down—keep focusing on the important tasks on your own to-do list so your reputation doesn't suffer.
This article shares more tips for dealing with a lazy colleague.
How do you handle a lazy coworker? Share your tips in the comments.
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