Laziness, lies and organizational teams

I spotted two seemingly trivial comments in the UK Daily Telegraph which when put together indicate the difficulties organizational teams face these days. Staff resent dead wood colleagues reports the results of a YouGov poll of 2,500 employees that 8 out of 10 staff are unhappy about “dead wood” colleagues in their organisations who do not pull their weight but yet nothing is done about them. One CV in four is a work of fiction reports that according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development one in four jobseekers tell, not just one but, three lies on their CVs.

So on a typical organisational team, say with a dozen staff:

  • nine team members will be worried about freeloaders on the team

  • three of the team may be running on fabricated credentials

And being the UK everyone will probably just do the work and say nothing about it!

Check out my article on the beliefs of high-performing teams and the difference team member beliefs can have on team performance.

Until then I leave you to ponder the impact on a team’s performance if the members believe their colleagues are freeloaders and liars!


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