Review this exchange between a manager and an employee for some clues that could help you better manage the known procrastinators on your team:
Manager: “Do you have the information I told you I will need by tomorrow?”
Employee: “Don’t worry. I’ve started on it.”
Manager: “You know I need it for my report tomorrow. And I don’t want you to rush it.”
Analysis: The manager earns high marks for knowing that you have to help procrastinators see where their priorities are. And you must stress the importance of a task.
Employee: “I’ve got everything under control.”
Manager: “I’m sure that’s true. You’ve handled research well before. But I know it’s a time-consuming process. Why not let me do a part of it? I don’t want any pressure-
Analysis: Give the manager a plus for complimenting the employee but a minus for taking on part of the task. By doing that, the manager signals that procrastination earns a
– Adapted from Overcoming Negativity in the Workplace, Alexander Hamilton Institute.