Bill Benjamin

The Lazy Co-Worker: Focus on What You Can Control

So you are working with someone who is not very motivated and does the minimum needed to keep their job. That’s frustrating, but what can you do?

The main advice I would give is to focus on the things you can control. We have a habit of focusing on – and getting frustrated by – things we can’t control. In a case like this, most of us would spend time trying to get the other person motivated, or explain to them why they should be doing more than they are. But can you really control how another person acts?

So what can you control in this situation? You always have control of your response. You can decide that this person won’t affect your attitude. You can decide that you will give 110% even if this person is only giving 80% (that will make you stand out by the way). You can even decide to give the person feedback (if you are, think about attending IHHP’s Three Conversations of Leadership program).

Whatever the case, make sure you are focusing on what you can control – the most important of which is your own attitude and response. As Charles Schwindoll Says: “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond”.

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