Hi all. It’s personality Thursday and again, and today, I’d like to talk about “The Slacker”.
I can’t really call the Slacker a specific personality type, because so many different types and sub-types can exhibit this behavior.
In fact, even type A, “driven” personalities are subject to procrastination from time to time.
The information you are receiving today can help you with all but the most resistant slackers, whether they are going through a slump, suffering a depressing situation, or just seem really lazy in general
Lighting the fire under the slacker.
Isn’t that what we all want to do? Don’t we secretly want to give every person who is slacking “the boot”? Whether that means firing them from our lives or lifting their backside three feet in the air with our unending pressure on them.
I know I certainly have felt this way.
And though there are so many different variables, situations and people types out there to weigh and measure, in the end, I find that this one question seems to bring all inactivity on their part to the forefront of the conversation.
In my personal opinion, this has proven to be the most effective way to get the slacker to wake up, own it, and get it in gear.
Here’s the Question:
“So, Slacker,”(uh…no..don’t call them that, no matter how much you’d love to. Just insert their name).
Uh hem. Let’s try again.
“Okay Mr. Lazy-pants-don’t-give-a- flip …” (oops…sorry. As you can see, I’m agitated, like you, even thinking about their nonsense).
“So, Sam, you’ve been saying you’d take out the trash since noon today. I do realize that you have quite a lot on your plate. There are three episodes left for you to watch of your favorite movie. There’s a fried chicken and a two liter of coke you haven’t killed yet, and your best friend is still waiting for you to come over and play pool with him. It doesn’t look like you’ll be able to take the trash out today and that’s fine.”
Nah, just kidding, but I do feel better after thinking it anyway.
Gee, I’m really struggling with “the nudge”, and sarcasm comes so easily in these “try to be tactful” sessions
“Sam, you told me this morning that you would take out the trash as soon as you got a round to it. Here you go…”
Then you hand him one of these
That’s all it takes!
Now, what do you do if you are in a situation where the other person is, for instance, your boss. And they have been saying that you could have a day off real soon?
Well, one of the things that I have found to be effective, 100% of the time, is to appeal to their fairness.
“Good morning Mr. Wilson. How are you today?”
“Just fine, just fine, Johnson. What’s on your mind?”
“Well, Mr. Wilson, you’ve been promising me a Thursday off for 6 weeks now. I think I’ve been pretty patient and I was just wondering what you think is a fair amount of time to keep me waiting”
Whew! Was that bold or what? But I swear it works.
You just need to remember to save this for one of those “over-the-top, they already know they’re being unreasonable” types of situations (though it may work in a milder situation too).
Anyway, just remember to be respectful. Try it and let me know how it works for you.