Proactive people were considered as a symbol of success. However, now, there is finally an opportunity for lazy people to break through.
Proactive people were considered as a symbol of success. However, now, there is finally an opportunity for lazy people to break through. A scientific survey pointed out that laziness may be the symbol of intelligence and lazy people can even be good employees in companies.
According to a study published in the Journal of Health Psychology, on average, people who are physically less active tend to be smarter than physically active people. People who have this trait crave structured and logic ways of looking at the world, and they often pursue activities that strongly stimulate their brains, such as riddle games or debates.
In the study, researchers assessed the level of "need for cognition" from 60 subjects by using a questionnaire. They separated the subjects into two groups ("thinkers" and "non-thinkers") based on their survey responses. All participants wore activity trackers for seven days for the deep insight into their habits.
The data showed that those with a high IQ got bored less easily, leading them to be less active and spend more time in thinking. The "highly active" group easily got bored when they were asked to sit still and think about abstract things. Instead, they preferred to stimulate their minds with physical tasks, like sports and other physical activities.
Many critical thinkers, or people with a high degree of "need for cognition" are always want to reduce wasteful actions, and choose efficient steps. So is it true that lazy people are smarter and succeed more easily? Not really. It depends on how we define "laziness". We possibly associate things with laziness. However, those things actually have nothing to do with laziness at all.
So perhaps hiring a lazy person isn't the worst idea after all. They're likely to be strategic thinkers who can come up with ways to solve problems or smart shortcuts to save time and contribute new and innovative ideas to companies.