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Lazy Employees versus Diligent Employees – Who would You Hire?

When asked to choose between a diligent worker and a lazy one, who would it be? The most obvious choice would be the latter because everyone wants a hardworking and industrious person. Slackers are hardly ever anyone’s favorite. Nobody likes couch potatoes.

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Yet, there seems to be a growing unorthodox trend favoring lazy employees over diligent ones. Lazy in this case does not refer to lackadaisical people who could not care less about the company. It refers to workers who cannot stand working long hours so they think of ways to make things easier and faster, which means more time to rest and think, and less time following rigid, outdated rules. Here is an interesting insight regarding laziness being more valuable than diligence.

Diligent Workers Obey, Lazy Ones Question

Diligent workers obey and act on commands without question. They are so effective in carrying out instructions and do not mind spending long hours working on a task. That is very commendable, right? Before, yes, but not anymore.

In the digital age, we do not want people to obey 100%. We want people to challenge our views, to ask questions and to offer other ideas. Slackers want the easy way out, so they tend to ask the details of a command – its purpose and its methodologies. They usually want to get the task done as soon as possible, so they are in the right position to seek alternative ways to accomplish things, even to a point of bypassing or violating protocols. Now, violating rules is not entirely bad because it makes superiors think and reflect whether conventions remain effective or not.

Diligent Workers Offer Peace, Lazy Ones Agitate

Managers are stressed enough, the last thing they need is agitation. But agitation in the workplace is a stimuli for change, which can lead to growth and development. Nobody likes to stagnate because stagnation is boring. Diligent workers can be too obedient, autonomous and hardworking that managers are no longer stirred to think outside the box.

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On the other hand, lazy workers agitate superiors, causing the top ranking officials to think proactively and innovatively. The marketplace is dynamic and changing constantly, so employers can never rest on their laurels or be so confident with their current position. If they want to keep on adapting to the changes, they need lazy, innovative employees, not diligent and contented ones.

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