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.
Polling shows 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.
How to get the orbiter to land
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
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