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Stuck at Work with a Slacker

Stuck at Work with a Slacker

No organization is immune to the problem of coworkers who don’t fully contribute. But when someone on the team is coming up short, don’t rush to conclusions.

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It’s a ubiquitous problem, said Judith White, a teaching professor of business administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“People have an expectation that everyone is going to contribute equally, but that rarely happens, and that's what frustrates them,” she said. “They want a certain thing from a co-worker, and they don't get it, and then they have to do extra work.”

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