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Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 5:45am

WORKING: Handling An Unproductive Co-worker

Updated: 3 years ago.
A big part of our working lives is cooperating with (and sometimes putting up with) our co-workers. So what do you do when a colleague isn’t pulling his or her weight? Our work expert Brandon Smith offers a few suggestions. (Photo Courtesy of Tim Patterson via Flickr.)

Workplace consultant and career coach Brandon Smith chats with us regularly about issues we all face in our work lives and careers. This week, he answered this question from one of his blog readers:

“I have a co-worker who is very unproductive. This person wastes their day socializing and surfing the Net. We do the same job on the same project. I have voiced my concern to our boss but nothing has changed. It is very frustrating seeing this person sit everyday and collect a paycheck for not doing anything. Do you have any suggestions as to how to deal with this?”

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his website, theworkplacetherapist.com. And while you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might even use your question on a future radio segment.

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