Reject the lesser candidate. Confront the lazy employee. Give critical feedback on that project right away. Your office will be happier for it.
That’s advice from a recent study published in the journal “Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin” which found that feeling ignored or unacknowledged is worse for a person’s mental health than receiving bad news.
“Ostracism is more powerful than we think,” says study co-author Andrew H. Hales, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Virginia. “Ignoring someone is a non-behavior because you’re not directly insulting them — you’re not behaving at all. And it’s hard to appreciate how painful that feels.”