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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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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

... that's capable of executing in a remote setup:

  • Hire doers: they will get stuff done even if they are working from a secluded island.
  • Hire people you can trust....
Software/Tools

In a remote team, you'll need the right tools to make sure everyone stays on the same page and can continue to execute without a physical person standing next to them.

You likely will need a tool in certain categories like group chat and video conferencing to make remote successful.

Processes

Good processes let you get work done in the absence of all else. They provide structure and direction for getting things done.

A few examples from Zapier:

  • Weekly Hangouts;
  • Weekly One-on-Ones;
  • Bring the team together 2 times/year somewhere cool;
  • Automate anything that can be automated.
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A Safe Environment

Create a safe place, free from criticism, because we tend to clam up if we feel like we're going to be criticized.

Rather than criticizing what you don't like, focus on getting ideas out in the open so you can build on them.

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