An Effective Guide To Combat Social Loafing At Work As a Leader
Social loafing is like being part of a group project where not everyone pulls their weight. It's the phenomenon where individuals exert less effort when working in a team compared to when they work alone. That’s as scientific as I’m going to get for now.Let’s take things to the workplace. In any project, you might find that some team members are actively contributing. Others are taking a backseat, relying on the group's momentum to carry them through.Then, there might be a team brainstorming session. You've got a couple of people bouncing ideas. Kind of like a ping-pong match. Meanwhile, a few others are just nodding along, occasionally checking their phones. They're in the room, but are they really contributing? That's social loafing right there.Or picture a team assigned to a big client project. You have Sarah, who's always on top of her tasks, bringing innovative ideas to the table. Then there's John, who seems to always 'piggyback' on others' ideas and efforts, doing the bare minimum. John's approach is a textbook case of social loafing.