Dragging feet

When people have lower motivation, each task looks heavy, and hence it's hard to carry it. Simple tasks get delayed and this behavior is repeated over and over again.

You would notice that everything will take a little more time and will require an extra reminder. Sometimes, the employee will come around and inform you that something is delayed, and at other times, you will find out much later. Even simple tasks like setting up a meeting will be met with some resistance with something like, "can we do it next week" and will require some convincing to be done.

Managers should watch out when a little task requires a conversation and a reminder.

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