Too Much Socializing in the Workplace – Strategies for Handling (Actionable)
Too Much Socializing in the Workplace
Have you ever had an employee who spends so much time socializing that he doesn’t get his work done? How do you handle this situation? Should you avoid assigning him work that is more sociable? Do you pair him with a teammate who is more task-oriented? Or something else? We’ll explore 3 approaches to too much socializing in the workplace. You’ll learn which is best, so you can be optimally effective in dealing with oversocializers when you encounter them.
See Career Builder’s survey results of the 10 biggest office productivity killers. Oversocializing is linked to many of these.
You are head of the marketing department for your tech company. As part of your effort to roll out a new product, the company is participating in a big outdoor Tech-Expo event held annually at a local park.
Each participating company is responsible for providing its own tent and exhibit fixtures. You ask Kevin, a member of your team, to contact tent providers from a list of suppliers and rent what is needed.
Assigning a Task
Kevin is an amiable employee who gets along with everyone. When you decided he would be right for this part of the project, you went over the list with him and encouraged him to get on it. A week later, when you asked Kevin for a progress report, he admitted that he hasn’t done it yet.
Yes, he talked to the event people and got the list of suppliers. No, he hasn’t contacted any of them yet. Kevin tells you that Camila, another employee in your department, asked him for help on another part of the project. He has also been busy helping orient two new employees who he checks on quite a bit. Besides, he points out, the deadline for the tent project is still a month away.
You say that you wanted to plug his figures into your costs to see how the budget is affected. And what if the tents are all taken? You want this nailed down.
Social Butterfly Club
You have observed that Kevin tends to be the office social butterfly. He often socializes with coworkers. He volunteers on the fun committee planning office events, which is great. But is Kevin’s socializing to the detriment of getting his work done?
When you considered Kevin, you didn’t allow for his Q3 gregarious and meandering behavior to slow down the process. If you could start over with Kevin, what would be the most effective Q4 collaborative skills to use to address too much socializing in the workplace?
No, please try again.
No, please try again.
Moving On from Too Much Socializing in the Workplace
In honor of you mastering what to do when employees aren’t getting their work done from too much socializing at work, I think it’s time to throw you an office party!
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