In most cultures, laziness is considered a vice. Lazy workers are considered the nightmare of any employer and most job applicants make sure to include in their resumes the fact that they are hardworking people. However, many people in the current world cannot be classified as hardworking. Technology makes life easier for many of us and we would definitely be considered lazier than people from the older generations. Bill Gates, American billionaire and business mogul has been quoted to have said, “I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job. Because he will find an easy way to do it.” Bill Gates had his reasons and science makes them easier to understand.
According to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Health Psychology, people with higher IQ get bored less easily, leading to less physical activity and more time spent in thought. On the other hand, people with lower IQ are more likely to spend time in physical activity because they get bored when they have to sit still and observe their abstract thoughts. Critical thinkers are more concerned with reducing wasteful physical actions and they are good problem solvers who come up with time saving shortcuts. Bill Gates was not wrong: lazy people find shortcuts to make work easier.
According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, flow is optimal human experience. It is that point when you are challenged by a task but you find it interesting at the same time. Lazy people easily find that point: for example, writers and gamers. Work made to seem a hobby becomes productive because it does not look like work. Lazy workers work on jobs they are passionate about with more zeal and less stress, leading to more productivity in the team. There is an optimal creative state that does not come with rules and routine, it is the best aspect of hiring lazy workers in the creative industry.
Many great people in the world were known to be lazy. Picasso, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and many others were said to be lazy individuals. Despite their laziness, they went on to lead successful lives. Lazy people, in their will to make work easier can easily create new inventions. They find ways to rest and still complete all the tasks on their desks at work. Lazy workers are the most efficient in their lines of work because they find ways to get work done fast.
Many workers do not know when to take a break. Lazy workers never make that mistake: they prioritise tasks in order of increasing importance and get their much needed rest. Workers that do not rest are more likely to break down and cost you more in terms of sick leave and health care. They are less productive and they do not have new ideas. Lazy workers take breaks and come back refreshed, presenting new ideas and techniques that will save your company’s finances and increase profit. In the long run, lazy workers will increase productivity and profitability of your firm.
P.S: In case you are wondering, this article was written by a lazy person.