Do hardworking employees make their slacker colleagues more productive?

The economic mysteries of daily life.
Dec. 23 2006 7:16 AM

We're Watching You, Slacker

Do hardworking employees make their lazy colleagues more productive?

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So the cynics have it. And next time you hear the beep of a supermarket scanner, remember that Big Brother is watching you—and he's an economist.

Tim Harford is a Financial Times columnist. His latest book, The Logic of Life, will be published in paperback on Feb. 10.