Here’s how to work with the office slacker

Either way, nearly everyone (93%) has a coworker who doesn’t do their fair share, according to a 2013 VitalSmarts survey of 549 people — and four in five say their work quality diminishes when they have to cover colleagues’ work. Yet just 10% of people speak up about coworkers’ slacking, per the survey; top reasons include the belief that voicing concern won’t make a difference, an unwillingness to undermine a working relationship, a feeling that it’s not their place, fear of retaliation, or uncertainty over how to broach the conversation. Meanwhile, research suggests that low performers are actually more engaged at their jobs and often don’t even realize they’re underperforming.

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