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Why Your Lazy Colleague Gets Under Your Skin

BY: SYON BHANOT (SWARTHMORE COLLEGE) & JACKY YE (SWARTHMORE COLLEGE, CLASS OF 2019)

Imagine you have an office job in New York City. You’ve been working at this firm for five years and know how the office works. The cubicle to your right is occupied by Joshua. Joshua’s been around a while, but you don’t understand how he still has a job. The guy’s a total slacker. Meanwhile, the cubicle to your left has been vacant for a while -- that is until Ellen, fresh out of business school and eager to prove herself, shows up. She’s a star -- she gets more done in a day than you do in two. Your boss comes in and assigns you to work on two different projects, one with Ellen and the other with Joshua. You notice that when you work with Ellen, you feel more productive than when you work with Joshua. Actually, working with Joshua starts to really frustrate you, and you think about reporting him to your boss.