Tip Sheet #8 from Doing the Right Things Right
Sometimes setting a motivational fire within the team can be useful if it jolts people out of complacency—or sheer laziness—and gets them back to work. Since teamwork rules in the business environment, having team members who don’t shoulder their share of the load can jam the work process gears, bringing productivity to a halt. Not only do slackers slow team efficiency, their attitude may infect others.
Don’t automatically assume your slackers realize what’s happening. Their poor performance may not be deliberate. They may be so worried about something at home they can’t do a good job at work. Possibly, they lack the right training to do as well as they should. Perhaps they’re overwhelmed, not a good fit for their jobs, or bored. Maybe they don’t recognize their own incompetence. So before lowering the boom, start with these corrective actions: