How to Deal With a Lazy Manager That Puts All the Work on You

Open communication is key when talking to your manager about your workload.

Open communication is key when talking to your manager about your workload.

The scenario of lazy managers is all too common in the workplace. Managers who abuse their position often take longer lunch breaks, chat with friends, or surf the web, while piling their workload onto you. This can leave you stressed, overwhelmed and highly agitated. If this is happening to you, there are strategies for dealing with a lazy manager.

Steps to Take

Take a step back and look closely at what your manager is doing, isn’t doing, and should be doing. Write a list of the duties that are you doing if you are performing some or all of her job.

Ask your manager to talk with her one-on-one. Speaking to her in front of co-workers about her laziness is a definite pink slip offense.

Let your manager know that you feel overwhelmed by the extra work. Don’t tell her flat out that you think she is lazy and don’t compare how much you are doing to how much work she is performing. Instead, ask if she can possibly help you finish the project that the team started together.

Write a letter to your manager and leave it on her desk if you are too intimidated to contact her face to face. Leave your email in the note so you can speak back and forth via email.

Communicate with your manager about the extra time for the tasks you are doing that could be better spent on your own work. Ask if the issue can be resolved by her or others taking on more work.

Don’t let your manager's actions rub off on you. If you start taking longer breaks and surfing the net just because she does, you may find yourself without a job.

Contact a higher level supervisor. Your manager may change her ways once she has had contact from her boss regarding the situation. Ask the supervisor to keep your name anonymous to keep the issue from bubbling over into a fight.

Items you will need

  • Pen
  • Paper


  • Be polite and respectful whenever you have contact with your manager. Make your correspondence as non-threatening as you can. If your manager feels threatened by you, it will only make matters worse.


  • Arguing with your manager over who does more work could potentially get you fired.

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Based in Nelsonville, Ohio, Felicia Nelson has been writing since 2007, covering a variety of business and personal finance topics. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in digital communications at Franklin University.

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