Search
  • Track and Assess

It's Time to Talk About: The Co-Worker Who Makes Too Much Money and is Lazy as Hell

Hiring the correct person to support your team is essential. If your boss is unable to bring someone on that can help the team move forward, it’s only right to question their leadership.


by Casey Watson I February 11, 2022

Hiring the correct person to support your team is essential. If your boss is unable to bring someone on that can help the team move forward, it’s only right to question their leadership.

In a perfect world, every co-worker would be hardworking, caring, and pleasure to work with. Unfortunately, we do not live in that kind of world and it’s quite possible we never will.

Throughout your career, you may have come across “the lazy employee who gets paid too much,” perhaps more than once. Not only is their salary inappropriate, but they make more than you. Ouch!

I just want to let you know that it’s completely OK to seethe about this. It’s OK to feel frustrated. However, if you are a professional who is dedicated to their role and truly cares about what they do, it will start to eat you alive over time.

I think it’s important to eventually question the “WHY” in this matter (also known as “WTF!”). It’s important to step back and take a good look at your workplace. Let’s be honest, a majority of these hires come from the fact that the person knows your boss personally or “knows someone who knows someone.” Or – it could be that your boss is a terrible leader and can’t hire worth a damn.

Hiring the correct person to support your team is essential. If your boss is unable to bring someone on that can help the team move forward, it’s only right to question their leadership. A lazy co-worker only causes a tense, irritable atmosphere that can lead to a toxic, unbearable work environment. Who the hell wants that?

There is a lot you can do when you are experiencing this issue – if you really want to stay at your job:

1. Talk to your boss – Don’t be afraid to have a conversation with your leadership. Let them know about the things you are seeing and express your concerns. Contrary to popular belief, snitches do not end up in ditches.

2. Begin documenting everything – Tools like the Trael Mobile App make it easy to track uncomfortable situations in the workplace. Make sure you are journaling, saving email interactions, and anything that can help paint the picture about why this person is unfit for their role.

3. Be patient – People who do not know what they are doing, eventually end up digging their own grave. Over time, they will expose their lack of knowledge through errors that will end up affecting your bottom line. This article is part of the #It'sTimeToTalk series - supported by Trael Mobile App.

60 views0 comments