4 signs you’re a slacker

Lucas, SuzanneHere is a brief excerpt from an article written by Suzanne Lucas for CBS MoneyWatch, the CBS Interactive Business Network. To check out an abundance of valuable resources and obtain a free subscription to one or more of the website’s newsletters, please click here.

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(MoneyWatch) Who is more committed to their work — the office strivers who toil away industriously every day in order to build a successful business, or the kind of employees who spend half their day loitering by the coffee maker and tweeting their lunch adventures? The answer isn’t as obvious as you might think.

A new survey by Leadership IQ found that in 42 percent of companies, slackers report having the highest levels of satisfaction and engagement in their jobs. And why not? The Wall Street Journal explains that bosses are partially to blame for this phenomenon because they assign the slackers the easy projects. So instead of being stressed out at work, they generally have little trouble accomplishing their tasks. After all, diminished expectations are easier to achieve.

How can you tell what category you fall into — striver or slacker? Ask yourself the following:

[Here are the first two of four questions.]

How many times per day do you typically check Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest or other social media sites? Unless monitoring the Internet is part of your job, if the combined total is more than, say, three, you might be a slacker.

How long does it take you to refill your water glass or coffee mug? A trip to the office kitchen shouldn’t take more than five minutes. If your trips are averaging 20 minutes a pop, you’re probably spending more time chit-chatting than working.

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Suzanne Lucas spent 10 years in corporate Human Resources. She’s hired, fired, and analyzed the numbers for several major companies. She founded the Carnival of HR, a bi-weekly gathering of HR blogs, and her writings have been used in HR certification and management training courses across the country. To check out all her articles, please click here.

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