5 Signs Of Lazy Coworkers & What To Do About It

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Feeling like your coworkers aren’t being helpful to your team is frustrating. You feel like you’re pushing yourself to new limits trying to achieve results. But you can’t seem to get your other coworkers motivated.

This is a crippling feeling. And you can start to feel like your job might be at risk since your hard work is being dragged down by your other coworkers.

How do you know that your coworkers and exhibiting lazy behavior? And what should you do about it? Let’s cover everything you need to know about coworkers who aren’t feeling as motivated as you are.

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5 Signs Your Coworkers Aren’t Feeling Motivated

Your coworkers might not be “lazy” per se. But they may be suffering from not feeling any motivation towards their work. This is natural. And can happen unexpectedly. Here are some signs that they might be experiencing a lack of motivation.

What You Can Do About Unmotivated Colleagues

If your coworkers aren’t feeling motivated, there’s a few things you can do to try and get them motivated.

First, remember that all lack of motivation has an origin. It could be them having a difficult time at home. Or them having something else on their mind. Try not to immediately jump to the conclusion that they are “lazy” and “not good” for the company.

Second, communication is always going to be the key to any resolution. Asking someone, “Are you not enjoying working on this project?” or something similar, is a great place to start.

Communicate with your fellow colleagues about how they are feeling. It could be a simple calibration that they want you to make in order to feel more motivated. Or maybe they are working on a part of the project they aren’t passionate about but you could find another part of the project that they could be.

There are all sorts of opportunities to figuring out what could create motivation for your colleagues. The first step is starting with your line of communication with them.

Verbalize how you are feeling. Make it simple to understand. Tell your colleagues, “I’m feeling like I’m alone in the passion for this project.” Don’t say, “I’m feeling like I’m doing all the work.” The second statement can be “attacking” and aggressive. While the first can make your colleagues feel sympathy for you and can be a better place to start.

Don’t confront your colleagues with aggression. Instead, share your frustration from a place of understanding. Get them to understand how you feel. Then, start asking them how you can better motivate them in your projects together. Ask, “Is there something I can be doing better?” This is a great question because it may cause the other person to ask themselves the same question.

If you have to, your last resort should be your reporting of the lack of motivation to Human Resources. Write an email to your Human Resources manager and mention you’ve had a discussion with your colleagues about their passion and motivation for the work. If it didn’t change, then proceed with the notice to your Human Resources department.

By notifying them, you’ll ensure that if late work drags down the success of your projects, you’ll have ample reason for why that is. And protect yourself against any negative repercussions that might come from the work not being done properly or being turned in on time.

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author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.


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