As a rule, cases of delays in the work are associated with the fear of displeasing superiors and, furthermore, with the fear of losing your job. In part, this is a question of the existing relations of production, not all businesses honor the labor code. But more often it is a silent, submissive initiative of the workers themselves - "So be it."
From a psychological point of view, this is again a question of self-esteem and emotional maturity. When an employee at heart feels like a child who must obey their parent-chief to deserve his love, he loses control of the situation and is completely dependent on the leader and his favor.
Head should be respected, but self-respect is more important. If the chief feels slack, he will not hesitate to twist ropes of you, while if he sees an equal person, his attitude is completely different. And if ever it comes to the staff reduction, the weak ones will be laid off in the first place.