Dealing With Colleagues Who Don't Pull Their Weight

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do make my colleague do their tasks?
  • Can I complain about my colleagues to my manager?
  • Should I give feedback to my colleague?

This cast helps you deal with co-workers who are not 'pulling their weight'.

We are frequently asked by more junior team members, individual contributors and sometimes by managers what they can do about other people they work with who are not pulling their weight. People who are supposed to be contributing to a project, or who should have reviewed a process paper or who told your customer they'd deal with something and either dropped the ball accidently or because they just don't care.

The problem with the answer to this question is that the question is fundamentally wrong. You can't do anything about someone else's behavior generally, especially if you have no relationship with them. And, let's face it, if there's someone in our team who regularly lets us down, we're unlikely to want to have a relationship with them. So if we can't change them, what can we do?


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To work hard is very

To work hard is very important. Sometimes it is really hard to be with a group that they are not pulling their weight.  - James Stuckey