Why do people slack? Is it a congenital defect, or is it something that can be controlled and managed? I doubt if it is a congenital defect, unless of course, you lead a team of sloths - literally!
Let's first address the common problem of slacking by defining the behavior. Slacking is when a team member is not performing as per expectations. Team members may show signs of slacking in the beginning of a project or during the project. Actually, slacking is virus that can hit your project at any time!
If the Slacking Virus has hit your project, perform a fishbone analysis and figure out the root cause of the problem and then take appropriate action. Fortunately, there are some common causes that lead to slacking, which are discussed in this article.
In this article, the following techniques for dealing with slackers on team projects are discussed:
- Setting Expectations
- Management Style
- Setting Goals
Note: This article does not address slacking caused by personal reasons.
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