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How To Rid Social Loafing From Your Workplace

Social Loafing

It describes the fact that we tend to make fewer contributions when we are in a group versus when we work alone (or are solely charged with the responsibility). 

When a number of people could take it upon themselves to repair something, social loafing says a high percentage of them will assume that someone else will take the initiative to complete the task.

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How To Rid Social Loafing From Your Workplace

How To Rid Social Loafing From Your Workplace

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Social Loafing

It describes the fact that we tend to make fewer contributions when we are in a group versus when we work alone (or are solely charged with the responsibility). 

When a number of people could take it upon themselves to repair something, social loafing says a high percentage of them will assume that someone else will take the initiative to complete the task.

What Causes Social Loafing

  • Social loafing is influenced by the quality of the relationships between co-workers: where there is group cohesiveness, social loafing isn't really that strong.
  • Social loafing is also influences by the size of the group: bigger groups dictate less individual effort. So if you're in a big company, you tend to believe that surely there must be someone else that will solve a specific problem.

Get Rid Of Social Loafing

Reducing social loafing tendency and increasing contributions among your team comes down to trust. So find people you trust and then give them the ability to make decisions.

And sometimes it's important to give people the option to not take action if that’s what they think is the right course.

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Assembling the Team

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