Don’t Slack Off at Work!

Don't Slack off at work! By sunil jagani














If you think that you can get away with not pulling your weight at the office without your coworkers noticing, then you’d be sorely mistaken.  Not only do your colleagues notice when you aren’t working as hard as you should, but chances are they’ll start to resent you.  I recently came across an article that shared six signs you aren’t contributing as much as you should, and what you can do to avoid this.  Here’s what they said:

Taking credit for something you didn’t do: As the cliché goes, there’s no “i” in “team”.  So if you’re taking credit for group accomplishments, your coworkers will notice.  Everybody on the team should share in group wins equally, as well as give all necessary effort.

Arriving late and leaving early: It’s not a big deal if you’re showing up a few minutes late here and there.  But if you’re strolling into the office late every day and leaving early every day, you aren’t respecting your job or your coworkers, even if it’s by just a small amount.  If you’re chronically late, you might not view it as a problem, or not think the people around them notice or care.  However, that’s hardly the truth.  If this is happening to you, then try and change your routine, whether that’s by going to bed/waking up earlier, preparing ahead of time or altering your work route to something quicker.

Spending too much time on social media: A lot of us have social media ingrained into our jobs, but that doesn’t give the “social media account manager” an excuse to spend all day browsing their personal Facebook page.  If you’re a slave to social media at work, take measures to reduce how much time you spend on it; shut off your phone or place it in “airplane mode”, manually block your favorite distraction sites or have a rule that you only use social media during your lunch break.

Enjoying extended lunch breaks: Leisurely lunches are okay every once in a while, but constantly self-extending your lunch breaks is disrespectful to your employer.  This isn’t always a problem, but if it affects your work pace and your coworkers have taken note, then you need to assess the situation and reevaluate your approach to lunch breaks.

Bringing up non-workplace issues: Office camaraderie is extremely important, and engaging in non-work banter can actually be beneficial to morale, but sucking up valuable time with issues not related to work will hold everybody back with a web of negativity, and they’ll resent you for it.  Try limit your banter and anecdotes to moments when people can kick back and relax for a bit.

Delegating most of the work to subordinates: If you’re in a position of authority, you need to work to not only excel in your job but also gain and maintain the respect of your subordinates.  You’ll need to delegate some work, but you don’t want your minions to be doing all of the work.  Delegate fairly, and don’t let yourself become a tyrant who thinks they’re above the day-to-day work.  


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