Laziness, Lazy Employees and Motivation

I personally think that everybody at one point feel lazy of doing something. Laziness is the quality of not wanting to work or use energy. A person is lazy if they are able to perform an activity they should be doing, but are not willing to do so because of the efforts it involves. Motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. it is what drives you to take action, whether it’s taking a cup of water or juice to reduce thirst or reading a book to gain knowledge. You can be very motivated to achieve a goal, but be lazy for one or more of the steps leading up to the goal. Laziness is the desire to be idle, to do nothing and resist efforts. It’s a state of passivity and letting things stay as they are. This also means that laziness is a lack of motivation. With that being said, I consider laziness to be a little bit of a personality trait and motivational state.

I agree with Michael Lewis that there is an upside to laziness. I personally don’t see laziness always as a negative thing because in some cases, laziness is due to fatigue and lack of energy. Once you have enough rest you can be focus and do things the right way. It’s not because you keep yourself busy all the time that you will be successful. Procrastination has always been considered a bad thing, but it works for some. I procrastinate as long as I can, but once a deadline comes up I become as focused as an observatory. This might seem funny but I like what Bill Gates said about lazy people. He said he would always ‘hire a lazy person to do a difficult job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” I think people who are lazy like to get their work fast so they can have more time to relax or do nothing. This is true because I have a cousin who we qualify as lazy but when it comes to do something, she is always appreciated.

Lazy employees are those you always come late to work; they don’t really care about productivity. They are less active. All that matter to them is their paycheck. To manage laziness, managers need to take actions for the best interest of the company. An organization can first try to minimize work load and categorize them so daily goals can be achieved and also more rely on team work than personal prouesses. Involving a lazy employee in an activity other than their usual job can help them to stimulate their interest in the work and motivate them to be productive. Setting up a performance measurement can make a lazy employee to be more productive. The employee will fear to lose his/her job so he/she will be motivated to work hard. Getting things done does not always mean that the right things are being done. Managers must use company rules or policy to monitor lazy employees. 

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