The origin of laziness in the workplace

When you are asked at a job interview why you believe you are the best candidate for the position, what are they really asking?

When they ask you where you see yourself in five years, what do you say?

I’m willing to bet you that these questions can be linked to your own personal work ethic. The interviewer is putting you under the microscope to figure out just what kind of worker you are and how strong  your work ethic is. Perhaps will they find out that it is weak.

Oxford dictionary defines work as ” exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something.”

Oxford dictionary defines ethic as ” a complex of moral precepts held or rules of conduct followed by an individual.” 



So if that is what work ethic is, then a bad work ethic is one when someone doesn’t care to accomplish anything, nor cares about how it reflects on them either.  Why are they even in a job? Sure to earn income but if they’re that bored at work and push their own workload onto others due to their own lack of self respect then I’ll say this, point the finger and show them the door. Someone else out there with strong work ethic  who has been pushing CV’s and applying for jobs deserves their position.

Unfortunately we live in a society where we have to follow employment contract obligations and law. Its almost like the bad workers that don’t deserve a 9-5 have more privilege than the hungry job hunters. They may not even be job hunters, they may be great co-workers looking for promotion but the senior lazy critical colleague is in the way.

Statistics New Zealand stated in February 2017 that unemployment rose to 5.2%. That percentage equates to 139,000 people without jobs. That amount of people will be hungry for work, and willing to pursue careers they want. Yet it’s the lazy haves that are grounded in jobs and the hungry have-nots are without.


The procrastinating lazy worker is in the company but who inspires her? Where does the behaviour come from? Only one place. The boss. Who’s the boss? Answer. The badge wearer. What is that? We all know the people, they’ll take the kudos for someone else’s work, steal the praise from others. They’ll make sure they are front facing and always right. Do we see the badge wearing boss lead by example? No. They talk in what should be done, what should have happened and why hasn’t this been done yet dialogue? As much as one wants to please them, nothing is good enough so work is never done. I wonder was that lazy worker a hard worker that gave up because of  management?



Organisational Management within workplace needs to be examined. Workplaces are now being looked at startling discoveries are being made. Workplace bullying is taking place, racial discrimination is evident and what one could get away with before now can not.  CultureSafe NZ is an organisation that aims to promote safer work places. Founder and Director Allan Halse created it after a dispute with his former employer Hamilton City Council.

People need to stand up and realise they have nothing to fear because by not doing anything affects health and safety in the workplace. Eliminating workplace bullying from bosses, lazy cohorts and colleagues will only benefit the quiet hard working employee with higher productivity, greater job satisfaction and removal of personal conflict.

If you have a lazy colleague and their poor work ethic or bullying  is affecting you in your job then seek help.

Lifeline:                  0800 543 354

Depressionline:   0800  111  757

CultureSafeNZ:     07 838 9739







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