Chances are you’re doing it right now: slacking, procrastinating, reading this cracked article with your cursor placed on a work-related tab, prepared to click away should your boss walk by. Admit it, we’ve all done it at some point – but there are some people who are habitual of being lazy at work.

Here are some popular types of lazy employees and tips for effectively handling them:

The Victim

This type of lazy employee is no less than a student who claims “the dog ate my homework” in school. There can be countless excuses for the employees to call in late, and “The Victim” knows them all. From electricity shutdowns to flat tires on way to work and occasional sickness to sudden death of a relative, the victim is usually not afraid to make things up to overlook job responsibilities. Such kind of employee may even block a position from being filled for months while only showing up to work as often as it is necessary, to keep earning the paycheck.

Tips to Handle

The right way to tackle such employees is to constantly document their behavior. No matter their excuse is convincing or lame, document it anyway. By the time tenth or eleventh excuse is thrown at you, you can clearly feel the pattern and take an action based on it.

The Vanisher

This employee would go invisible at odd times without any kind of intimation. This invisible mode can be in the form of mysteriously long lunch/tea breaks to lengthy phone calls. Such employee would often call in sick or show up late when a big project is due. Whatever the behavior, a vanisher always lets you down and forces other team members to pick up the slack.

Tips to Handle

It is a proven fact that “The Vanisher” is among the hardest of employees to discipline because his offence occurs in areas with poorly defined regulations. The right way to tackle such employee is to clearly define time and task expectations and enforce them regularly.

The Delegator

The delegator would always put a lot of effort into avoiding work. Without even being in a supervisory role, this employee would constantly and successfully push work off on his colleagues. Such employee can force morale into a downward spiral and risk your business reputation, especially when he or she begins to push work off on your clients.

Tips to Handle

Keep a regular and close check on the delegator’s workload while also not being a micromanager. Assign them tasks on regular basis and say “I’m giving you this task and you only!” Whenever he or she violates this, make sure to discipline them instantly.

The Procrastinator

The word “Procrastinator” comes from the Latin verb procrastinare, which means deferred until tomorrow. Such a person is habitual of delaying tasks until the last minute. A Procrastinator usually leaves all his coworkers frustrated because of unnecessarily delayed tasks and jeopardizes every project with each deadline.

Tips to Handle

Be strict with scheduling where the procrastinator is concerned. Set certain deadlines or quick meetings for them every so often that will force them to make progress and know they are accountable. Even daily check-ins may be appropriate in order to stay on top of a project’s status.

The employers as well as the managers usually find a little time for slacking in the office. If any of your teammate engages in disruptive behavior or overlooks his responsibilities, consider it an issue and take measures to do something about it. And if nothing else works, it’s time to replace the lazy employee with the one who will be much more productive each day.

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