Magazine article Talent Development

Advancing Accountability in Your Organization: Stuck with Slacking Co-Workers? Why You Are to Blame

Magazine article Talent Development

Advancing Accountability in Your Organization: Stuck with Slacking Co-Workers? Why You Are to Blame

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My colleagues and I recently studied what happens to individuals, teams, and entire organizations when under-performers infiltrate the office. We found that 93 percent of employees report working with people who don't pull their weight.

Even more disturbing is what doesn't happen when it comes to dealing with a slacker: Only 10 percent of the workforce speaks up and holds underperforming colleagues accountable.

Goodwill isn't the only victim of slacking co-workers--we found that productivity, satisfaction, and quality also suffer. Specifically, slacking co-workers cause a quarter of their hard-working colleagues to put in four to six more hours of work each week. And according to four out of five of these hard workers, the extra time invested causes a decline in the quality of their own work.

When it comes to confronting a slacking co-worker, most people assume the conversation isn't worth having. This "epidemic of silence" shows that people aren't considering the risks of not speaking up.

It's time training professionals equip employees with the skills to candidly and respectfully hold co-workers accountable. Here are a few skills you can teach to begin building a culture where bad behavior isn't tolerated. …

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