I often hear a manager complain about an employee being lazy. And of course, we all know that being lazy is really not a desirable trait in the workforce; it certainly won’t get you an outstanding performance review nor anything that you’d tout on your resume.
But there are times when I’d say you can benefit from taking on the characteristics of being lazy. In our busy, whirlwind days, spending even five minutes to break from normal activities can give you a fresh perspective. Stand up and stretch, listen to a favorite tune on your iPod, or take a walk outside during lunch are all activities that will go a long way to rejuvenate you, mentally and physically.
For a person who values being busy, it’s hard to convince them to slow down, even for a minute. They might also have a tendency to describe a co-worker as lazy when in fact they are not. If someone works in a methodical manner, approaching things analytically and with great care and attention, it can look, well, lazy.
Think of the person who you see staring out a window, so engrossed in their own thoughts that they don’t hear you at the door or realize their phone is ringing. This, especially in contrast to a person who is running from one task to another, may seem like that person is wasting time, not getting anything done. However that “thinking” time can be critical to new innovations or understanding a problem before any action is taken.
One of the traits measured on the ProfileXT assessment is Energy Level, which describes the natural tendencies of a person to be more (or less) patient or more (or less) restless. Those who have higher levels of energy will be more comfortable multi-tasking, handling lots of projects at any given time. They are the ones reading email while talking on the phone and shuffling through papers on their desk. They love the activity! At the opposite end of the scale you’ll find a person who enjoys the opportunity to work through a task with order and clarity. They’d like to complete that job before they get interrupted to finish the next one. They aren’t lazy, though it might seem so on the surface. Knowing how a person operates will help us work with them more effectively.
We need to stick with our most comfortable work style and tap into how we work best, then realize that there will be times when we need ensure a balance. For those that prefer a slower pace, know that at times you may need to move along before you’re ready.
If you are constantly on-the-go, it’s important to recognize the value of pausing. Do what Grace does. Plop down right in the middle of something that needs to be done and savor the moment. Feel the breeze and soak in all around you. Then you’ll find a fresh energy to get back at it.