Finding the Slacker-Worker Equilibrium

By Deborah Perelman  |  Posted 2007-02-01 Print this article Print

Experts agree that getting good work done isn't about working obsessively for every second of the day. It's about finding a balance to get work done more efficiently by allowing for breaks.

Everyone knows The Solitaire Guy. He's the one with the red message light on his phone always blinking, the one that gives the "I'll get to it, I'll get to it" brush-off whenever he's asked when he'll get his tasks done. He's late to meetings, forgets to return phone calls, his desk is cluttered and nobody can remember the last time he did any significantly helpful work.

But hey, everyone is that Solitaire-playing loafer from time to time: the CIO with the suspiciously low golf handicap; the woman in telecom who does the vanishing act everyday at 4:45 p.m.; your buddy in the next cube who is always "too busy, can't talk" but nobody knows quite with what.

But the smart and successful workers are the ones that know the difference between occasionally visiting Slackersville and buying a home there. The latter are loathed universally; their managers throw their hands in the air, wondering how these so-called workers ever made it through an HR screening process.

Yet the former can do alright for themselves, because they know that getting good work done isn't about obsessively and unwaveringly adhering to a productive task for every second between the time they walk in the door and retire for the evening. It's about finding a balance that will allow them to get their work done efficiently by giving themselves time-outs throughout the day to pause and regroup.

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