10 Ways to Make Office Slacker Pull His Weight

Last Updated Nov 21, 2008 12:17 PM EST

188024332_b1227595ab_m.jpgLayoffs, buyouts and hiring freezes have left employees in many workplaces picking up the slack of former colleagues, writes Hanah Cho in the Chicago Tribune. But if those left don't all shoulder their burdens appropriately, resentment can grow and productivity can decline.

If you're a manager, it falls to you to set expectations, establish policies, and tackle the issue before it becomes a problem. Ten ways to do this:

  1. Create specific, attainable, and measurable goals and objectives
  2. Communicate expectations and deadlines clearly
  3. Recruit the right people for the role
  4. Lead by example
  5. Hold regular staff meetings
  6. Conduct performance reviews and provide feedback
  7. Provide adequate training, including training on time-management skills
  8. Create a policy manual
  9. Encourage two-way communication by providing a suggestion box -- and respond to all concerns filed
  10. Don't ignore poor performance, which can spread or even cause other employees to leave
And if all else fails, here are 30 creative ways to fire someone who's not pulling their weight.

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  • CC Holland

    CC Holland is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and a number of national magazines. Online, she was a columnist for AnchorDesk.com and writes regularly for Law.com and BNET. On the other side of the journalism desk, she's been a managing editor for ZDNet, CNet, and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, where she earned an APTRA Best News Web Site award.