Video: Is your team slacking?
Leigh Thompson helps you ensure that your whole team pulls its own weight
Lethargy is contagious — and if you're not careful, it can drag the performance of your entire team down. In fact, according to Leigh Thompson
, J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolutions and Organizations, the more people you have pitching in on a group effort, the less each individual will contribute if you're not prepared to deal with the problem.
It's called the social-loafing effect, and it shows up in all kinds of efforts in a wide variety of cultures.
However, it doesn't have to be that way. You can turn it around and once again have a group of contributors who are engaged, conscientious and high-performing.
Here, Prof. Thompson outlines a four-step plan for getting everyone back into the game.