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In a company full of slackers, how can we maintain productivity?

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in People Management,The HR Specialist Forum

Some of our employees are stealing from us! Not by taking money or supplies, but by stealing time. Some pretend to work through lunch so they can leave work early. Others conduct personal business on the phone or over the Internet. Others just spend way too much time socializing. What can we do to crack down?—Louise, PA

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Office Manager November 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Hmmm, 4 separate posts from Tim Bob in less than 20 minutes on a workday….
I wonder who should be monitoring him?


Office Manager November 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Hmmm, 4 separate posts from Tim Bob in less than 20 minutes on a workday….
I wonder who should be monitoring him?


Tim Bob November 24, 2010 at 6:41 pm

The key is FOLLOW THROUGH!!!, if you do not they will revert back to their old ways and you will have accomplished nothing. If you already know that you do not have the effort to Follow through, don’t even bother trying.


Tim Bob November 24, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Now you really need to follow through and ensure the atmosphere of WORK you created is kept up. Remind employees that personal items need to be taken care of during breaks or lunch. Have your network admin install software to block game sites and shopping, they will get the hint without you having to be overbearing on internet usage. Or, sometimes employees need email but not internet in their daily work, then have your network admin remove internet explorer from their computer, if you go that route be sure it is instituted for most of your employees and not JUST the ones you think are wasting time on the internet, as that will have negative consequences.


Tim Bob November 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm

That will leave a few employees razzled and upset, now is the key for follow through, keep up the pressure and make sure everyone is following that. Make your presence known in the office and be sure to wander around to keep people from socializing during work time. If you say “Im too busy to watch my employees” Then its time you hire a dedicated office manager who’s job it is to ensure the office is productive.


Tim Bob November 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm

“Cracking Down” isn’t usually the best policy. Its all about work atmosphere and the ability to follow through. Any changes need to be maintained or the employees will get a “wait till next week and it will all be over with” attitude. First thing you need to do is set work hours with Lunches and Breaks. Make it clear that working through breaks or lunch is unacceptable and employees will not be compensated for working through it, and if they leave early they will have their pay deducted appropriately. Make AS CLEAR AS POSSIBLE, in writing and in a meeting where everyone says out loud that “yes” they understand.


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