How to Recognize a Lethargic Personality

In Brief...

To be able to address problems with people most effectively, it helps to understand them. The following list of behaviors will help you recognize lethargic personalities in the workplace.


Finally, there is the plain-old lazy person. The lethargic person is often able, but not willing, to put effort toward achieving a goal. A lethargic worker:

  1. Lacks motivation.
  2. Does not perform his or her share of the work.
  3. Will not take ownership of his or her responsibilities.
  4. Cannot seem to do what he or she is supposed to do to get the job done.
  5. Tends to be short-sighted.
  6. Cares more about his or her own mood at the moment.
  7. Does not consider the impact his or her behavior has on other people or on the future.

Author: Sheri Schmeckpeper

Sheri Schmeckpeper holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Financial Management and Computer Information Systems as well as a Master's degree in Adult Education and Distance Learning. She is a Microsoft Certified Professional and Trainer. Sheri has implemented distance learning programs at three top institutions of higher education, has been a guest speaker on radio, and has presented at local and national training workshops. Her diverse background includes technology, education, interpersonal relations, finance, and management. Sheri has developed and facilitated courses in the areas of instructional technology and online learning, faculty development, communications, finance, and professional development and achievement. She is currently co-founder of the Institute for Instructional Excellence and directs the Center for Excellent Living where she is also a life coach.