Why Lazy Employees Are the Biggest Asset to Your Business

Frequently, it’s the lazy employees who will push your company to develop more efficient systems and processes

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Being a workaholic is overrated. It’s stressful, time-consuming, and completely unnecessary.

I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m lazy, and my company thrives on laziness.

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I’m not talking about lying-in-bed-all-day-while-playing-Candy-Crush laziness; I’m talking about efficiency. I’m talking about proactively avoiding issues and speedily addressing the ones that do pop up. I’m talking about providing such great service that our clients never feel the need to contact us.

This is the right kind of lazy—the one that finds the quickest, simplest way to accomplish complicated tasks. And, if you’re reading this, I’m sure you already know how often complications arise when launching a business. Bill Gates may not be lazy himself, but he certainly understands the true value of laziness. He said, “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” Imagine an entire staff full of perfectly lazy employees.

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Calgary local Shawn Freeman is the founder of TWT Group. Shawn worked in IT for several big companies before leaping off the corporate ladder in 2011 to start up his own shop. He founded TWT Group with the goal of making IT easy instead of infuriating. Not only does Shawn personally employ the right kind of lazy people, he also is one. He pours all of himself into his business but not without leaving time for the fun things in life.

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