You probably already know that lazy workers have a reputation of being bad for business. However, did you know that you can transform them into valuable employees if you learn how to harness their unique strengths? Here are a few reasons businesses should always seek slackers as valuable members of their team.

Work smarter, not harder

Fact: lazy workers don't want to work hard. They will find the most efficient methods for completing their job, and the shortcuts they discover can their business more efficient if they are incorporated into company policy by attentive management.

Lazy workers are also valuable assets because their creative thinking can spread to coworkers, thus improving everyone's problem-solving and communication skills.

While frantic employees sometimes look as though they are working harder than lazy ones, this is no guarantee that they are getting more work done or are making fewer mistakes. If a lazy employee's job is to put groceries on shelves, for example, they may save time by organizing them first instead of rushing to shelve random products like their busier coworkers. #mindblown

Take notice, management

It is true that bored employees often don't have enough to do, but too many managers don't recognize that some only look lazy and uninterested because they are trying to figure out the best way to do their job before taking action.

But instead of channeling this thoughtfulness and creativity to solve problems and improve business efficiency, many managers only value busy employees and force lazy workers to complete unimportant tasks just to keep up appearances. Instead, you can help your most thoughtful workers reach their full potential by continually challenging them with more interesting and rewarding tasks.

Uncaring workers, however, know how to look busy even when they aren't getting any work done, and will quickly learn how to hide their mistakes or push their responsibilities on others. Even worse, this behavior is often contagious, especially if it comes from veteran employees. Always remember that openly lazy workers are easier to recognize and correct than those who only look busy and know how to hide their wasteful behavior. 

How do you find lazy workers for your team?

Many applicants interview well. Talking to their contacts, asking them to solve a specific problem, and learning how to recognize intelligence and creativity in your own employees will help you narrow down your search and find the best people for your team. Here are some interview questions that could help you on this quest. While it is important to hire productive employees, you also need to create a work environment that allows them to fully use their unique talents.

Needlessly complex rules and unobservant management will only sap their productivity. Periodically reviewing your leadership and policy decisions will help guarantee that your business gets the most from every employee.

Lazy workers are often overlooked. But they can be a valuable asset to any workforce if employers can learn how to harness their unique perspective and creative nature.