Have you ever worked with a slacker in your team? Have you ever wondered how they are able to do it? Here is a list of 8 ways to do that. Hopefully it helps you to recognize slackers and learn how they do it.
I don’t want to be one. I hate them!
1. Present always work and ideas like you would have done them
Slackers always present others work like they would have done it. Present all ideas like they would be yours. You don’t need to say that they are your ideas, but you can let the listener think so. Pick the best ideas and work and specially do it when the owners of work or ideas are not present.
2. Report same work several times
It is easy to report same work several times in meetings with different words. Specially if your listeners don’t know the details. Keep repeating it. If you have reported your work already on Friday, report it also on monday with different words. Most people don’t remember what you said Friday.
3. Make big fuzz about small things to make them sound more important
Tell all the details. Tell how difficult something is. Make your work and tasks sound big and important.
4. Attend all discussions.
Slackers are part of all discussions. They act like they would be contributing.
5. Agree mostly
Never disagree, since if you disagree strongly, you might get caught. Always agree. It is great to follow the big experts. You can let them give their wisdom and then you just follow : “Exactly. I have always said same things!”
6. Hide behind simple problems and make them bigger than they are
If you have any problem make it big. Pretend like it would be huge problem that will prevent you to finish your work.
7. Always collaborate, but let others do your work
You can always ask someone to show and teach you how something is done. Suggest that you would work together, but let the other team members do the work. When work is done. Use instructions in number one.
8. Blame others for not doing their part or doing their part poorly
Hide always behind others. Remember to blame so that the one you blame does not hear it.
Do you have any other signs of a slacker?
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