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Signs an Employee is Not Giving 100%

By: Mariah Rogers
Jun 18, 2020 • 4 min read

Signs of Slacking

We all have days where we are not able to give 100% effort at work. However, if this becomes a trend for one of your employees, it may be a cause for concern. To have your team functioning at it’s best, you need everyone’s full commitment to the task at hand. If you notice one of your employees not giving 100%, it can negatively affect the productivity and motivation of the whole team. Not to mention, this could easily lead to conflict amongst group members. Here are signs your employee is not giving 100% effort at work. 

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As a manager, it is your job to be understanding and empathetic towards all of your employees. Paying attention to the shifts in their personal lives will help you build a better professional relationship. However, if an employee is continuously coming up with excuses as to why they can’t be at work or why they are missing deadlines, this is a clear sign of slacking. Try to sit down with the employee and find out if there is a bigger problem that needs to be addressed in the workplace that would be leading them to make countless excuses. 


Breaks are well-deserved time-off during the workday and can help employees balance their personal and professional lives. It is essential to encourage your employees to take their breaks in full and enjoy a moment to rest so that they are recharged when they return to the workspace. However, if an employee is taking many breaks, or leaving for a more extended period of time than usually allowed, this is a sign they are not giving full effort. This is especially true if you find that they seem to be on a break more often than they are working or completing tasks. The best thing to do in this situation is to better monitor breaks, and enforce return time more heavily. Set clear boundaries and expectations for employees so that there is no confusion. 


Are you finding that an employee seems to be more distracted than usual? While this may be due to reasons outside of the workplace, if it persists, it’s definitely something to question. Distracted actions can include phone use, excessive chatting with others, or engaging in other non-work related activities. Take it upon yourself to gather the team for a meeting and discuss the expectation of employees while they are on the job. While you should always aim to cultivate a fun and happy workplace environment, it is also vital to encourage productivity. 

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Dependant on Others

While encouraging collaboration and teamwork is a productive workplace tactic, ensure that everyone is pulling their weight when working on a project. If you notice and employee who continuously passes off tasks and assignments to others, this is cause for concern. Try to enforce self-sufficiency, and be sure that each employee is accountable for their own work. Scheduling a monthly team meeting for each member to present what they have accomplished recently is a great way to promote accountability.

What are the signs that you notice in an employee who is not giving 100%? Tweet us and share! For more helpful content, check out our blog. 


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