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Co-Worker Not Pulling Their Weight? 7 Things You Can Do

July 21st, 2017

As the saying goes, a team is only as strong as its weakest player. This is why it can be detrimental to both team morale and productivity when even one co-worker is not pulling their weight. If you find yourself feeling frustrated due to picking up the slack of underperforming colleagues, take a deep breath and try these seven tips to help get your co-workers pulling their own weight, even if you are not their manager:

  1. Speak with them directly. Perhaps they are unaware their effort does not match that of others or there is a reason they are taking a step back. You won’t know unless you approach them to address it, and doing so will help you determine the next steps to take.
  2. Share how it’s impacting you/the team/the work. Although your co-worker’s actions (or lack thereof) are affecting your daily work routine, there is a chance they may be oblivious to how their work ethic is impacting the team. Sometimes providing a little clarity can be exactly what is needed.
  3. Look for their motivators. Sometimes, the issue may be your co-worker is motivated differently. What strengths does your co-worker exhibit? What have you noticed makes them happy or excites them? Think about what invokes these feelings in yourself at work and look for them in your co-worker.
  4. Offer help. Perhaps they are struggling with a specific task, or maybe they simply do not understand they are not seeing it through.
  5. Ask for help. On the flipside of offering help, it can be equally beneficial to ask your co-worker to help you! Maybe they are taking time off from their tasks because they have completed them or are unaware there is more to be done. Help them feel more invested in the team by asking them to help with yours.
  6. Ignore it. An ineffective employee will likely not last long, and chances are, if their lack of action is affecting you, it’s affecting others as well.
  7. Consult with your supervisor. If you have tried the above-mentioned tips and still feel as though nothing has changed, consider consulting with your supervisor about your co-worker. Your supervisor is in a higher position of leadership and will be able to take authoritative action that you may not have.

Working with a teammate who is not pulling their weight can be frustrating; however, it should not take a toll on your daily work life. 1st Staffing Group thrives on helping Odessa’s best job seekers find their next great job both quickly and efficiently. If you are ready to move on in your career, contact 1st Staffing Group today!

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