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Collaborating with Less Motivated Co-Worker

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Imagine a situation where you are paired up with a coworker to complete a very important project for your company. The coworker does not share the same work ethic that you do, and you are concerned about working together toward successful completion of the project. It is not a job that you can handle on your own as there are a lot of specialty areas that this person knows well and you know nothing about.

Discuss at least three things you can do to improve your working relationship with this person so that you do not dread going to work every day and that will improve the work you produce as a team.

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This solution discusses specific steps to take when working on a project with a less motivated co-worker.

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Initially it would be important to discuss expectations and responsibilities. While the perception might be that the coworker does not share the same work ethic, it might be that the coworker has not been motivated to work hard in the past or may have other responsibilities/commitments that are creating an inability to work harder. By getting to know the coworker and discussing with him/her your joint expectations for the project these issues might be uncovered.
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