We have often come across people in a group assignment who because of sheer laziness refuse to do their share of the work and if by some miracle they do manage to do it, the effort is rather half-hearted. While you can call these people out in your school or college without facing much of a consequence, in your professional life, the same action can backfire quite a bit on you. However, there are a few subtle ways in which you can call out your lazy co-worker without sounding rude.
Pose The Question Of Doing Some Work As A Favour For Yourself:
If you ask someone to do you a favour, the other person has no choice but to do the job less they end up sounding impolite and rude. This is the best and will work best for you if you are not the kind of person who enjoys getting into a verbal battle.
Be Direct In Your Approach:
If the indirect approach fails to garner any results for you, it is best to be direct to your co-worker. Let him or her know that their behaviour is bothering you in plain and simple terms. This will help you clear the expectations both of you have from each other professionally and will also not lead to an all-out fight.
Address The Issue As And When It Happens:
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Address the issue of them being lazy whenever an incident happens. If you hold back for too long, it is found to form a sense of resentment within you that might just keep building. If you wait too long before finally addressing the issue, you might end up being too angry at the co-worker and start behaving improperly with him or her.
Start By Making Changes To The Way You Work At Office With Your Co-Workers:
Instead of complaining to your boss and becoming public enemy number one, try to show initiative by changing the way your team works with each other. This shows that you are an active worker and it will not only solve your problem but also make you look better in front of the management.
Use these tips in a real-life office scenario and help save yourself a lot of trouble vis-a-vis the lazy office co-worker.