How to Manage Social Loafing and Free Riders?

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Devayani Vyavaharkar
Student (University), India
This post is about social loafing, a phenomenon that is regarded as one of the main reasons groups are often less productive than the combined performance of their members working as individuals. Imagine that your boss assigns you a project that has to be completed in a team of seven colleagues. You notice that some people in the team work (considerably) less than others, while (as a result) others have to put in the extra effort. Why does this work-evasive, opportunistic behavior (called social loafing) happen and what can you as a manager do about it? What is Social Loafing? Introduction The English word "loafing" means: to avoid activity, especially work; doing nothing; idling one's time away. Social Loafing (SL) in psychology and sociology is regarded as the tendency of individuals to reduce efforts when working on a collective task (i.e., when outputs are pooled with those of other group members) as compared to when the individual works alone. It happens because all members (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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