Nothing is more frustrating than working with a lazy co-worker. They take long lunch breaks, talk to everyone in the office and scroll on their phone all day. And while you could rat them out to human resources, it probably won’t change their behavior.
However, that doesn’t mean you should give up. Even though it can be infuriating to work with someone who doesn’t work as hard as you, you shouldn’t let their behavior fall by the wayside. As Leigh Steere, co-founder of the Boulder-based management training tool Managing People Better, told Monster, “Follow the rule of three to make sure you're dealing with a pattern and not an incident. If it happens once, let it go; twice, make a mental note; three times, you have to deal with it.”
But is there a correct way to deal with a sluggish co-worker? Should you talk to your boss, do their work for them or quit your job? To get to the bottom of this issue, check out these 16 ways you can deal with a lazy co-worker.