Today's Bizerm™ is “Orbiter".
It seems every office has someone that fits the unconventional business
term, “Orbiter” Anyone that has been in the business world has meet at
least one orbiter during their career. The term does not refer to a
celestial object moving around the Earth nor does it apply to a satellite.
An “Orbiter” is someone that is continually going around in circles. They
are always active but never seem to get things done. Orbiters not only
work at a lessened productivity rate, they erode the productivity of
everyone within their orbit. What they are really orbiting is productivity.
A survey of Detroit-area employers revealed a similarity to several
national Gallup polls. These polls show that 50 percent of employees
admit they could do more work, 25 percent confess they do just what
they have to do to keep from being fired, and only the minority balance
are working at their peak productivity.
Fueling the orbiter could be procrastination tendencies, lack of
knowledge of how to best do a job, lack of engagement with the
organizational mission or vision, so a number of other causes. You can
get them to land by giving them a very clear singular goal and truly
empowering them to obtain the goal. Tie the goal to a corporate
objective and make sure it is quantifiable with timed completions.
Progress should be swiftly acknowledged with verbal praise.
Use this term for developing skills in these areas:
A Bizerm™ is a new business term combining two more descriptive
words into a single word or phrase whose definition is often only known
by those using it. To see more terminology in the workplace, click here.
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