Managing a peer who slacks off

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in Leaders & Managers,People Management

You work with another manager, Margaret, who doesn’t carry her load. She tends to kill time, procrastinate and operate at about 70 percent productivity.

Normally, you wouldn’t see this as your problem. But you and Margaret work for a boss who’s off-site and barely engaged in your workplace. He’s busy with other matters and does not devote much time to management duties.

As a result, you cannot rely on higher-ups to monitor Margaret’s performance (much less discipline her for poor work habits). She realizes that. Her sloppy, wasteful and distracting approach irritates you more every week.

Her behavior is undermining your ability to do your job. If she cannot meet her deadlines and handle her role in team projects, you must plug the gaps. You are working harder to do parts of her job—and that stokes your resentment.

You don’t want to foment ill will by making too big a fuss. But you’re concerned that her continued failure can ...(register to read more)

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