Wha you wish you could say to a lazy coworker

Every office has that one lazy coworker who is happy to waste everybody’s time and not get any work done. If you are the kind of person who goes above and beyond at your job, you probably end up having to do extra work to compensate for the lazy individual.

It’s even worse when the lazy person charms and schmoozes with the boss but doesn’t do any actual work. Your boss has no clue and thinks that they are wonderful and gives the schmoozer a ton of credit when the team reaches a goal.

I once had a job where a new guy showed up and tried to be everybody’s best friend. Jacob was funny, charming, and a great storyteller. For some reason he decided to exclude me from meetings and events with my coworkers, he started becoming very pally with a coworker with who I was good friends with. All of a sudden, he was the new fabulous person on our team.

After a few months, Jacob started missing deadlines, he said that he had completed something and then people would find out later that he hadn’t actually done the task. One colleague even found a proposal that he said he sent out stuffed in a desk drawer.


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When the cracks started to appear he decided to move to a new department within the organization and try his luck there. Well, I guess it’s true that your problems follow you wherever you go because he was fired 8 months later. As Dr. Phil would say, it turned out that Jacob was all hat and no cattle.

Personally, I don’t think it is wise to make snide comments at work if you plan on keeping your job. If you really want to say something to the slacker, here are a few humorous things you can to get your point across.

What to say to a lazy coworker

1. Don’t mistake my efficiency as meaning that I want to have your job too.

2. If there was an award for laziness you would probably send someone to go pick it up for you.

3. Oh, you can do my job? Funny, I haven’t seen you do yours just yet.

4. Pretending to look busy on a Friday is the hardest work you do all week.

5. I’m not asking you for a favor… I’m telling you to do your job.

6. Sorry, I wasn’t aware that “lazy f*ck” is part of your job description. I will be more considerate next time I ask for something.

7. Oh, that task isn’t in your job description? Well dealing with your bullshit isn’t in mine.

8. Your out of office reply is responding to more emails than you ever do.

9. Have a seat, standing there watching everyone else work all day must be exhausting!

10. I don’t think of you as a coworker because you never do any work.


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It’s common that you will find that people where you work will not have the same motivation or productivity as others. It can be frustrating to work with a lazy coworker, you might might want to approach the situation with a dash of empathy and attempt to be understanding. We never know what people are going through, and your lazy coworker may be going through a season of life where they are struggling with a serious personal situation.

Try to offer up support and see if you can help them overcome any work obstacles that they are facing. Try to address any concerns in a respectful way, and you will have a more productive work environment in the office.

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Jenna was tired of her lazy coworkers negative attitude

Jenna had always been a dedicated and hardworking individual, but the negative energy from her lazy coworkers was taking a toll on her morale. Their constant complaints and lack of motivation had created a toxic atmosphere that Jenna found increasingly difficult to tolerate.

Despite her efforts to maintain a positive outlook, she realized that their negativity was impacting her own performance and mindset. Feeling drained and frustrated, Jenna made the difficult decision to distance herself from her lazy coworkers in order to protect her own well-being.

As Jenna distanced herself from the negative influences in her workplace, she found solace in focusing on her own work and seeking out more positive interactions with other colleagues. She redirected her energy towards projects that inspired and motivated her, and actively sought out opportunities to collaborate with like-minded individuals.

Over time, Jenna’s decision to distance herself from the negative attitudes of her lazy coworkers proved to be a turning point. She found herself feeling more empowered and reinvigorated, and her productivity and overall satisfaction at work improved significantly.

By prioritizing her own well-being and surrounding herself with more positive influences, Jenna was able to create a healthier and more fulfilling work environment for herself. While it was a challenging decision to distance herself from her coworkers, it ultimately allowed her to thrive and regain a sense of control over her professional life.

The Role of counselling and self care

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Taking care of your own needs isn’t selfish, and you will feel better in the long run.

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