Is there a slacker you have to deal with?
By Dianna Booher
Back in high school, the kids called it snitching. Teachers, trying not to be complicit in the tattling but also wanting to build a positive classroom culture, often responded to the warring class members this way: “You two just need to work it out. Remember that I’m giving a team grade so see if you can’t figure out how to get along.”
Although I can’t speak for all such conflicts, personal observation confirms what typically happens in these situations: The conscientious student carries the workload and finishes the project. The slacker tunes out. And they both get the same team-project grade.
Sound familiar? In the workplace, the stakes run considerably higher than a nine-week grade. The situation goes like this: A team doesn’t get along for whatever reason. One member becomes a slacker, leaving a coworker to carry the load. The superstar doesn’t say anything to the team leader or the supervisor about the slacker. He or she simply resigns the organization and moves on, leaving the team and the organization with the troublemaker.
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