Every employer is aware of the fact that no matter how hard they try, they cannot stop their employees from getting distracted. Although a bit of distraction is not very harmful, and it’s perfectly fine to take a break from the routine work. But getting distracted multiple times certainly hampers the quality and quantity of the work performed.
Some employees pretend to be sincere in work but do not contribute much to the growth of an organization as a whole. They not only get paid for the work NOT being done but also ‘block’ the seat for any potential skillful employee.
What is Goldbricking?
It is the practice of working less than a person’s capability and still maintaining the impression of working hard. Goldbrickers never finish their work on time and shield their non-productive work with irrelevant excuses.
However, they should not be confused with a learner or a newbie who might be slow in learning and performing tasks when compared with other colleagues.
How Can I Stop Goldbricking?
Following are some of the tried and tested ways to stop goldbricking at your place permanently:
1. Be Vigilant And Take A Note Of The Behavioral Patterns:
Employees who take more breaks, spend more time talking with colleagues, do less work in assigned time, etc. are bound to cut off their work, and waste their time. Keep an eye on them.
2. Observe If There Is Any Improvement In The Work Performed:
It is a very crucial step to understand if an employee is slow and improvising on their work speed, or just avoiding their work as a whole. It helps to distinguish between a slow learner and a sluggish worker.
3. Encourage and Give Perks To The Employees:
The best way to avoid goldbricking is to encourage and motivate employees to work more. Appreciating them in the form of perks makes them happier and dedicated to performing because of the ‘prize’ they get at the end.
4. Use Employee Monitoring Software:
Monitor your employees and keep a check on their activities by employee tracking software features like screenshot monitoring, active time tracking, time logging, task tracking, social media, and e-mail monitoring, etc. It helps you to figure out the goldbrickers and also implants discipline in any corporate.
5. Work environment:
Make sure the work environment is friendly, and the employees don’t feel too burdened. Also, restrict employees from using mobile phones when they are at their system to avoid any distractions. Keep in check if any employee is disturbing others’ work, and act accordingly.
Goldbricking is very common in any workplace, but you can avoid it by following some very fundamental steps and implementing them inside your office. It can bypass any drastic decline in work productivity.