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When one team member is allowed to work less or consistently has a destructive attitude, it’s a disaster waiting to happen. If you don’t deal with the offending team member, the rest of the team will become demoralized and resentful. You can’t allow incompetence to continue unchecked, whether it’s related to social interactions or job productivity.
If one person slacks off, the next person feels entitled to do the same. Soon, everyone is working as little as possible. Spreading like a cancer, sanctioned incompetence quickly becomes the lowest common denominator. In other words, the worst worker eventually becomes the one setting the standard, simply because a spineless leader won’t step up and deal with the situation.
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Sometimes the solution isn't pleasant. Some people thrive on conflict, or they're simply determined to work as little—or get away with as much—as possible. When this happens, the leader may have to set that person free to find a suitable environment for his or her attitude.
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