One of my pet peeves is lazy co-workers. My work-ethic has always been strong and I am innately a motivated, determined person who strives for the best outcome, because that is just the philosophy I choose to live by. Now I am not saying I am perfect, far from it, but I choose to put in maximum effort so I can get maximum returns. So if any of this resonates with you in your life, when faced with collaborating with a lazy co-worker, who has a different work ethic and different attitude to life, you can see that he potential for conflict is huge.
Sometimes this type of challenging situation causes us to act out, and this manifests in the way we talk and interact with colleagues. I think most of us are guilty of losing it at work and allowing our frustrations to take over our emotions and rational thinking. By doing this, we are allowing somebody or something to take away our power.
Ultimately we are only ever in control of ourselves. My advice to you is to focus your energy and time on developing your own character. I see such situations as opportunities to expand my repertoire at work. One of my weaknesses is having little patience, and waiting for someone else to help me to complete a certain task in order for me to continue doesn’t sit well with me. Instead of getting frustrated, I now adopt a new approach. I try and learn the skills or programs that others do in order for me to appreciate them, but also to expedite things when I can.
Apply this attitude to your own circumstances and see if there is an opportunity for you to take back control of your workload and have it done in your timeframe, while learning new skills. Not only will you avoid working with people who may never step up to the plate, but also you become a valuable asset to any organization when you know more, and do more, than what’s written in your position description.