Time is a zero sum game, and when priorities had to be made on how team members invested their time with projects involving others outside the office, I offered guidance and protection. “We will give folks a chance, but I will not commit you to working with those who don’t play well in the sandbox.” The results were stunning.
Efficiency increased, effectiveness improved and morale strengthened because I told my team members that I respected their time, talent and their desire to succeed. Working with malcontents or those who would not complete assignments, follow guidelines or live up to their end of the partnership was not productive, so we stopped.
There is always more work to be done than any one person or group or office or company can say grace over. Be selective, including with you invite into the sandbox of work.