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Learning to confront the laziness in life and work

Leanne Hoagland-Smith. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

Leanne Hoagland-Smith. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

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A comment on Twitter to one of my posts said, “There’s no such thing as lazy employee, either set goals and manage them or don’t -- that’s what you get.”

As much as I believe that torpedo managers account for unmotivating employees and executive leaders who are in the role of “Captain Wing It” contribute to lack of workforce productivity, there are lazy people in the world. Many of those lazy people are employed.

All we have to do is to look around and see the obesity problem facing the United States. Yes, some of those who have weight issues also have medical issues. However, the majority prefer not to take the actions necessary to stay healthy. They are simply lazy.

Laziness is an attitude, a habit of thought. Individuals can either stay with the status quo or can change it.

Also, this attitude of laziness can come in many forms, whether it is physical health, personal responsibility or even self-improvement. One of the key warning signs for the lazy attitude is this statement: “I don’t have time.”

In the book, “Change or Die,” author Alan Deutschman shared several stories about laziness. One story was about open heart surgery patients who returned to their bad behaviors within three years. Another was about an automotive plant closing because 50 percent of the employees did not show up for work each day.

One small business owner here in Northwest Indiana, Rick Gosser, made a commitment to take action regarding his health. He has lost more than 125 pounds and in the process has become an avid runner. Another client of mine also lost more than 100 pounds and has managed to keep that weight off for three years. Both of these men made these life-altering decisions in their 50s.

As much as it is easy to blame others for the lack of workforce productivity, employees are partially responsible and accountable as well. To lay the blame solely at the feet of only management is counter-productive and helps neither the employee nor the employer.

So if you have lazy employees or if you as an employee have not given your all for those eight hours of pay for eight hours of work, then now is the time to ask yourself why? And more importantly, make the changes in those aspects of your life where you have told yourself, “I don’t have time.”

October’s theme will be customer service given the Halloween “trick or treat” is just around the corner.

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