If a co-worker is on an assignment with you, and they’re laziness affects your bottom line, start off with a conversational approach. Ask while at the vending machines or at lunch, “Hey! How’s project X going for you?” if they haphazardly respond with a checked out answer, follow up with, “Man, I hear you. Is there anything I can do to help you stay on track?” Or, if they’re the type that’ll mooch off of your work and put their delegations on you, respond with, “I hear you, this project’s kicking my butt, too. Hey – could I ask for your help? Could you be my accountability partner on tackling this project? Could we check in with one another at the end of the day around how much work we tackled?” OR take a fun approach, “Let’s make a bet. Whoever knocks out [deadline Y] first buys the other person M&Ms. Think you got what it takes?
Contributors: Eric Hobbs from Technology Associates