Overcoming Procrastination in the Workplace

Procrastination can be the ultimate enemy of your company. When an employee drags their feet on accomplishing a task, it can negatively harm productivity. However, procrastination may be more than just a bad habit. There are several different factors that can lead to procrastination and there are several ways to fix the issue. 

What Leads to Workplace Procrastination?

There are many degrees of procrastination. Laziness is not the only factor; some employees may procrastinate because they are overwhelmed by a daunting task. Others may avoid a project because it is unpleasant or because they did not receive timely feedback and they see no point. Regardless, this is a bad habit that can harm workplace productivity and lead to failure on many levels.

Procrastination can become obvious in a few different ways, such as:

  • Lack of motivation
  • Making unrealistic promises or goals
  • Following the crowd instead of taking the initiative
  • Minimal engagement
  • Overpromising and underdelivering
  • Slow response time

Some of these symptoms overlap with signs of employee drug and alcohol abuse. It’s important to have a frank conversation if you see an employee struggling with procrastination to see if they need clearer managerial guidance or to determine if their inability to perform is linked to something more hazardous.

How Can Employers Battle Procrastination?

It may be easier to view procrastination as a one-person problem that is solved by dismissing that employee, but procrastination often starts at the very heart of management. Encourage your employees to stay focused and find a new passion for their job by implementing some of the following strategies:

Employee Accountability

Employees who feel like they are drowning in a task they have to handle alone are at a higher risk of procrastination. When you foster responsibility, accountability, and team collaboration, you’ll likely see more enthusiasm and a quicker response from your workers.

Offer Rewards

A job well done should be a reward in and of itself, but sometimes an extra boost is encouraged. Some researchers have found that productivity increases and stress levels decrease when employees are rewarded for staying motivated. You can also improve overall satisfaction and morale by recognizing individual strengths. This will keep your workers feeling cheered and feeling like they are making a difference.

Improve Task Assignment

Some people work well without any oversight, but many employees require the comforting knowledge that there is someone they can turn to if they get stuck in a project. When you create structure and create a clear link between the effort and the benefit of that effort, your employees will be more likely to stay focused.

Encouraging Employee Loyalty

Procrastination is a nuisance, but it can be remedied with some assistance from managers and company programs. Caring employers value their employees’ physical and mental health. Your employees will continue to successfully contribute to your company for many years if they are motivated and feel like they are important. It is essential for employers to be able to tell the difference between employees who need a little motivation and employees who are spreading bad habits, like drugs and alcohol, around the office.

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