It can become one of the more appalling situations in the world when people don’t do things.
The entire civil service, for example, is replete with many people paid to do many things. In the end, only a few of those people end up doing anything at all. Others just go to work when they can, and do what they want. Or they do nothing at all. This is now everywhere, including the private sector. People who complain of harsh conditions and tough work conditions, but do not even do enough of what they’ve been employed to do, let alone making a difference by going the extra mile.
It is an appalling situation.
Productivity drops and many people are affected. Our many issues in the world, Nigeria especially, is because some people somewhere are paid to do nothing at all. They do nothing and it becomes a big problem that requires more than some people to fix.
Leaders face a herculean task in trying to get people to do their work. How do you motivate a person who is not interested in the work? A person who even earns a lot is difficult to motivate if there’s no interest at all. The leader may try to do a lot of motivational speeches, trying to raise interest levels so the work can go on. He may try to be more interested in the personal lives of the employees so they can at least feel. Feelings may help them a bit but often times people become too sensitive to issues and take things personal. That affects work too. Often leaders just talk and talk and get angry and become calm again and try to pique interest and at other times just nail a person. It’s all because something needs to be done but no one is doing it.
Leaders at work, however, usually fail to lead. I think before you can complain about a person not doing a thing, it should be established that you can do it. Except if it is an area of expertise you’re not familiar with, you as a leader must never shy away from duty. When issues arise, be the responsible party. Leaders do not pass the buck. They take it and fight the bull.
You need to get to the point where no one can delay your work because they are not interested. I mean, after all the talk and complaining and arguments and so on, the work still remains there, unattended. If attended to, the worker is probably just going through the motions and all you’ll get will be a half-hearted attempt to get things done.
No, can’t do, please.
Get down to it, leader. In fact get to the point where all you do is do. Do. Do. Do. Do. Do. No one saved the world by talking, except when the talk led to decisive action. It’s all about the action.
When an employee fails to do his work, do the work. Ignite him of you can, but if you cannot, do the work! He’ll probably get annoyed and sulk and feel guilty and go through a whole series if emotions. Not your business. Keep doing the work.
When you’re going to fire him, it will be easy. He’ll be leaving because you have let him no how redundant he is and how he adds little or no value to your work. But don’t let him go with the impression that all you do is talk.
Talk less, do more. Let that be your pattern of leadership.