Why You Should Be a Slacker

by Evil HR Lady on March 29, 2011

If you want to get ahead, you need a Type A personality. Go, go, go. Right? The more stress you’re under, the better you perform. You can handle everything.

Turns out, that’s not quite right.

Why You Should Be a Slacker

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Charles March 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm

catchy – yet, misleading title on their part.

It isn't the "slacker" who does better, it is the one who thinks BEFORE reacting that does better.

That has always made sense. Did they really need to do a study to "discover" that? Must have gotten a govenment grant and needed something to spend it on ;)

And really, it doesn't surprise me that those who seek out "emotional support" do worse.

Certainly, Evil, you and others have seen co-workers who get each other worked up over an issue; worked up by complaining to each other how much a situation or issue sucks. By the time they get done giving each other "emotional support" they are ready to go running down the office hallways with pitchforks and torches!

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Talyssa March 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I find that Type A people are bad at prioritizing. They make a list of 10 things on a project that need to get done, and then they just kill themselves to get all 10 done rather than identifying that 2 of those things can/should be managed by someone else and that 2 of those things are 'nice-to-haves' and can be dropped or pushed back to another day if needed.

I've worked with a couple of them – they're basically control freaks. I worked for one too – she was a good manager actually and I liked her, but she just could NOT hand off a task without also giving you a procedural document/lecture that outlined exactly HOW you should complete a task. And then she'd get stressed and burned out and everything would fall by the wayside for a week while she had a mini breakdown.

So I think its less that being a slacker is good, and more that being Type A is bad.

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