Weird facts: On laziness

"A good way to get a lazy person in a group to carry their fair share is to ignore them."

Answer: FALSE

Ostracism can
work as a way to increase hard work, but only if the person is female.
Women feel bad when others ignore them, and consequently work harder.
Men tend not to express emotions that appear feminine, such as
distress. Although both men and women feel distressed when ostracized,
men tend to hide this by being even lazier, just to show they are not
distressed.

Taken from: Williams, K.D. & Sommer, K.L. (1997). Social ostracism by coworkers: does rejection lead to loafing or compensation? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23, 693-706.

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