How do you handle lazy officemates?

Singapore
July 29, 2010 12:50am CST
I got a new teammate/officemate who doesn't indulge herself to our team's tasks. I still need to send reminders for every tasks that she does. Her load is lighter than mine but she still incurs overtime even if not needed. She's always late and consume most of her time surfing the net, especially Facebook. It's really frustrating to be seated next to her. If you're me how would you handle the situation?
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@ashton77 (292)
• India
29 Jul 10
If I am senior to her in terms of position in the organisation, I would ask her to meet me and inform her that she is not having the best reports from the co workers and tell her to concentrate on her work. If I am her co worker then I would give her those task which would be necessary to perform in order to perform other task in office,that way she will be forced to work. Since she is new out here, you must be knowing more people in the office. Tell the technical people to block all the sites which are not required for her to work in her system. She will be forced to work.
• Jamaica
29 Jul 10
That is a great idea to block the social networking sites.
• Singapore
29 Jul 10
Good point. Net surfing is one way to distress but its bothering when your doing it during office hours.
• Jamaica
29 Jul 10
One of the most difficult situations to deal with is when the actions of a lazy co-worker impact your ability to get your own job done. If you have to continually wait for someone to complete their part of a project, submit information for a report, or some other action that impedes your ability to do your job or finish work on time, you have every right to force the issue.Once you know where the problem lies, speak with your co-worker privately and politely. The only way to make your feelings known is to tell them in a calm manner about what you have observed and the impact it has had as well as what you're expectation is going forward.If at the end of the day you find out that the individual is bored with her job or doesn't take ownership for her contribution to the situation, it's time to involve your supervisor.Good Luck and I hope that this helps.
• Singapore
29 Jul 10
hi- I've already talked to her, unfortunately she seems not interested in performing her tasks. Thanks for your input.
@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
6 Mar 13
i have met many lazy office mates before and even now in my current work,there are times that they were lazy even they have seen that there were many things to do and to be done,but i will talk to them in a nice way so that they will never be offended.
@bkrm_gupt (220)
• India
2 Aug 10
Since she is new to the company,and if i am the old staff of the company first i will guide her to the right path to do the right work,and i will help her to focus on her work,if she is care less by teaching also i will show her the bad progress to the end,after that she will realized and get back to her work sincerely.
• Philippines
29 Jul 10
hello msdyulyet! if i were in your place, i would have a heart to heart talk with her and in a constructive way, tell her of your observations of her performance. Point out that you are team mates and what you are doing will redound to the benefit of your team and to her, the most. Offer her tips on how to minimize tardiness and how to systematize her work, so that she won't be incurring lots of overtime. If, she will still do the same after giving her some time to absorb your dialogues, maybe it's time to bring it to the attention of the higher ups. Maybe you could mention it during meetings with your heads, what should the other team mates do if one of them is not doing her share of work. Maybe her ears will perk up at that.. or you could go directly to HR and have them talk to her. That way, you did your best to give her the chance to change, but she is not cooperating, it would not do your team good if you will tolerate her, won't you?
@george000 (166)
• India
29 Jul 10
If I were were I would guide her for maximum two week at that time I will show and teach here step by step every day and I give more focus upon her. If she need extra time to learn those thing ,I will stay after office and teach the process that we were actually dealing with.after all I pay less attention to her.