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What to do if you recognize you’re a slacker.
Managers who aren’t fully committed to their jobs and the organization set a tone that permeates their teams. A slacker manager cheats the organization out of his true potential and gives employees an excuse to slack off, too. You may not realize that you are a slacker manager—or you may not want to realize you are—because you have become comfortable in your slacker ways.
Here are a few hints. Do you:
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be a slacker. If you value your job, keep reading.
Who Are You Fooling?
You aren’t fooling anyone—not for long, anyway.
You may think that because your boss hasn’t fired you yet, you’re successfully getting away with slacking. It may be that your manager is conflict-avoidant or a slacker himself. But just because no one is confronting the behavior doesn’t mean people don’t know.
Slackers think they can wait to improve until someone criticizes them. They forget their reputations precede and follow them. Either the team’s performance has suffered or everyone knows who on the team is really the leader.
Everyone knows about your slacker ways and talks behind your back. You’re held up as the embodiment of a culture that should be changed. Almost always, that reputation comes home to roost when new leaders come in and look for someone to make an example of.
Personal and Work Effects
Confirmed slackers are experts at compartmentalizing. They think lack of character and integrity at work doesn’t affect their personal lives. But they have voids within themselves that let them know they took the easy road. They have the same little voices we all have that see past excuses and that are relentlessly honest and critical.
Unfortunately for slackers, the personal effects usually become apparent through ill health, as secret shame and guilt work vengeance on their bodies.
At work, your employees may adopt your slacker behavior, preventing them from meeting their own potential.
But if you’re a confirmed slacker, you know and don’t care. You’ll only try to change your ways when you’re threatened with termination.
Instead of realizing how addictive slacking really is, you think you can easily stop when you want to. But, like alcoholics who have to bottom out before they change, slackers don’t stop until their careers are ruined.
If you can be honest with yourself and listen to the little voice telling you that you have much more to give, you can overcome your slacker ways.
Changing Your Ways
Recognize your problem and be determined to change. Once you’re truly motivated, these methods can help:
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