Pulling far greater than your own weight at work—or in any team—is a common frustration to experience and can make you feel like you’re carrying an incredible burden on your shoulders. What’s worse, it can make you wonder whether any effort is even worth it… Why bother working so hard if your coworkers are just going to refuse to do their fair share (and get away with doing less) anyway?
This is something that you first encounter in grade school in the form of group projects, with some members infamously refusing to pull their weight and leaving other members to do all the work. It’s almost like these projects were preparing us for this inevitable experience with our coworkers—and as an intentional inevitable consequence, teaching the slackers that they were able to get away with it.
For one worker, enough was enough. After months of picking up the slack, she decided to take a stand. She put in for some much-needed time off, leaving her coworkers to fend for themselves. Things went about how you’d expect—and that wasn’t very smoothly… revealing the incompetence of her coworkers in undeniable fashion.
She shared her experience in an online community, receiving overwhelming responses from commiserating coworkers and supportive managers.