Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Lazy Ones

There are always one or two individuals at the workplace who are sitting on time bombs of being dismissed at any possible time. These types of persons will go through the length of having an easy way of life at the workplace whilst leaving the great deal of task to be handled and executed by the other team.

Although this is not a pleasant topic for discussion around the workplace it can however not be overlooked as the impact of the actions of these individuals cost the organization immensely. John Boitnott, a digital media consultant shares some traits of such persons and possible ways of dealing with them:

1. The Vanisher.
The vanisher seems to go invisible at odd times without explanation. It could be two-hour lunches or mysteriously lengthy breaks. Perhaps the person simply calls in sick on a day when a big project is due, or shows up late for work on the day of an important morning meeting. Whatever the behavior, a vanisher always lets you down and forces other team members to pick up the slack.

How to deal with them: Vanishers are among the hardest employees to discipline because their "offenses" often occur in areas with poorly defined regulations. Set clearly-defined time expectations for vanishers and enforce them consistently.

2. The Victim.
The victim is the work equivalent of the student who claims "the dog ate my homework" in school. There are hundreds of excuses for workers to call in late, and the victim knows them all. From flat tires on the way in to work to sick pets or children, the victim is often not afraid to make things up to get out of work responsibilities. The victim may even block a position from being filled for months while only showing up to work as often as is necessary to keep earning a paycheck.

How to deal with them: Document this type of behavior early on and don’t stop. A first or second excuse, whether it’s car trouble or sickness, can be convincing, but document it anyway. By the time a fifth or seventh excuse is thrown at you, you want to make sure you’ve documented it all so the pattern is apparent and doesn’t continue that long before you need to take action.

3. The Procrastinator.
Everyone is guilty of procrastinating from time to time, but the procrastinator turns it into an art. If you have a major project, this person waits until the last minute to do his part of the work, leaving everyone else involved frustrated and anxious. On a daily-operations basis, the procrastinator simply pushes work off to another day while he or she wastes time on non-essential tasks. The procrastinator puts unnecessary stress on the rest of the team and jeopardizes every project with each deadline.

How to deal with them: Be strict with scheduling where the procrastinator is concerned. Set certain deadlines or quick meetings for them every so often that will force them to make progress and know they are accountable. Even daily check-ins may be appropriate in order to stay on top of a project's status.

4. The Delegator.
The delegator is an interesting type of lazy person, primarily because he or she puts so much effort into avoiding work. Without even being in a supervisory position, the delegator constantly pushes work off on everyone else. Many overly career-conscious people will do this. The delegator can force morale into a downward spiral and risk your reputation, especially if he or she eventually begins pushing work off on clients.

How to deal with them: Check in regularly with the delegator and keep tabs on the size of their workload (but try to avoid micromanagement). Assign work to them specifically by saying, “I’m giving you this project and you only.” Call them on it and discipline them when they violate this.

5. The Troublemaker.
Perhaps the most dangerous lazy worker is the troublemaker, who not only doesn’t work, but spends time stirring up drama throughout the office. The troublemaker can often be seen wandering from desk to desk, gossiping about co-workers and engaging in casual chitchat. If they don’t feel confident engaging others in conversation, they may instead conduct the same kind of drama-mongering through email or online. The troublemaker zaps the productivity of other workers in the office and even puts your business at risk of having confidential information exposed.

How to deal with them: These are some of the hardest people to deal with because they may not actually be breaking any rules, but are still somehow disturbing the work environment. Consider engaging with them more closely and being good to them. This is the old "keep your friends close and your enemies closer" philosophy. Communicate with the troublemaker to find out what their issues are. Stay close to them to potentially make them happier. If these efforts don’t succeed or are just too exhausting, work on building a case to let them go.

Entrepreneurs often have little time for slacking in the office. When a team member engages in disruptive behavior or shirks duties, entrepreneurs must see it as the issue it is and take measures to do something about it. In some cases, speaking to the employee may help but all too often, the only solution is to replace the lazy employee with one who will be much more productive each day'' -

Friday, January 6, 2017

Vows or the Game?

I don't know whether to be sad or to laugh.

I just read a story from the UK's Mirror about a football super fan who couldn't decide between the game's tickets(which he purchased months ago) over his wedding which apparently falls on the same day of the match between his team.

I just asked a colleague what he would do should he be caught in such dilemma and guess what, he says he will choose the match over the wedding, what!! lol

But this shouldn't even be a bone of contention, because I will choose the vows over the match just saying.

Would you do same?? Or you will support the stand of my colleague?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Morning Inspiration


"Your success and happiness lies in you.
Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you
shall form an invincible host against difficulties" Hellen Keller

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence"
Hellen Keller

Wish you all a pleasant and great day at work. Cheers!!!

Knock Knock!! - Its almost Weekend!

The weekend is almost here.....yay!

How has your week been so far? Has it been stress free or has the emails been pouring in left-right-center like a "storm from paradise" lol

I've had a stress free week by far and I look forward to a great Friday and weekend.

I don't have any plans for the weekend yet, hence I would be delighted if one of my cherished "T-Readers" would invite me for lunch....(pauses) haaa just kidding.

"Around the Coffee Table" will be live on the blog on Monday, so be ready to participate and share with us on how your weekend and work week was πŸ˜‰

Wish you all a great day! Cheers to the weekend🍸🍸

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Don't touch my Almonds!!!

It can be really hectic at work sometimes due to my busy schedules, thus I occasionally miss out on having lunch. I however make up for it with my go to healthy snacks which I keep in the last drawer of my cabinet. Oops! did I just mention where I keep them? Well.... its under lock if you a planning to sneak πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚

Do you have a favorite healthy snack that you keep and munch on all the time at work or in between breaks?Mine is almonds(all time favorite), fruit bars or granola.


Almonds are my all time favorite due to its health benefits. Which includes the following:
Riboflavin and L-carnitine-Aids in development and growth of the human brain
Phosphorus -Promotes bone health 
Vitamin E,Magnesium -Promotes a healthy heart
Low in sodium - Control blood pressure
Folic acid - Good for pregnancy
Fiber - Weight check or maintenance
VitaminE, Calcium and Magnesium - Good skin care

What snacks are you presently keeping under lock in your cabinet???  lol kindly share, we promise not to snitch 😁😁  

How to Translate Work Email

I have a question → I have 18 questions.

I'll look into it → I've already forgotten about it

I tried my best → I did the bare minimum

Happy to discuss further → Don't ask me about this again

No worries → You really messed up this time

Take care → This is the last you'll ever hear from me

Cheers! → I have no respect for you or my self

Culled from

Wish you all a pleasant day at work!!!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Morning Inspiration

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." Steve Jobs

Photo credit: CalorieSmash

Around the Coffee Table - 2

Wow, its a bright cold morning after new year. Happy New Year once again.

We are back to the office like we never left. Omg! the New Year celebrations from my side was pretty much awesome.Here is a brief gist on how I celebrated. I ushered in the New Year with a few friends at the magnificent fireworks. I nearly went deaf due to the screams of the thousand of people who had gathered to witness the fireworks. Right before our eyes, 2017 made its triumphant entrance amidst cheers and jubilation.

My friends and I drove straight, minutes later to a house warming party, where there was so much to eat and drink. I still cant believe I finished that big bowl of rum raising bread pudding, guess I will have to put in more work at the gym 😒

Our coffee table discussions today will be pretty much interesting as I can't wait to hear what my colleagues were up to and how they celebrated their New Year's eve and New Year. At the moment I'm in a dilemma on what to type of coffee I should have this morning, either caffe latte or cappuccino.Which type of coffee will you be having as well?

Oh! and did I mention I spent my New Year in Dubai. Yes! Dubai!!!

I strongly believe you did have much exciting moments like we did.

Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year to you all.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Quotes of the Day

"Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade? If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing"  Benjamin Franklin

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning"  Albert Einstein

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.A house divided against itself cannot stand" Abraham Lincoln