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single1-Dec-2016work/schoolbill Bronze Star Survey Creator by votes21152.4%


Do you know anyone that does "negative work"?

By negative work, I mean that if this person was not working, more work would get done overall (by others) because when this person does "work" they don't contribute much and/or others are less productive (e.g. fixing their mistakes or being slowed down).


posted 2-Dec-2016 4:34am  
Yes called a boss around here. Anything they touch has to be redone.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 2-Dec-2016 12:30pm  
I'm sure I do know such people, but luckily I don't have to work with them.
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 3-Dec-2016 8:07am  
There's a young woman at the grocery store that does bagging. She seems to have some sort of disability, but we're not entirely sure what it is. There are a few people with some apparent disability working at this store. And, I think that great really that the store is doing that and I want to support the concept. But, it's hard to ignore that this young woman does not want to be there, has a number of excuses for not doing things (e.g. can't lift bags that are too heavy or touch onions), and generally works slowly and in a distracted manner while talking to us about random things. I don't mind bagging myself and I'm sure things would go faster if I did that. So, I feel conflicted about it.
posted 3-Dec-2016 1:19pm  
Yes they come in to work and just goof off and do nothing nothing is getting done
LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 3-Dec-2016 1:20pm  
Some of the volunteers at the shelter are like that.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 4-Dec-2016 7:19am  
I've certainly worked with doctors like this. In medicine, the best time to get a thorough understanding of a patient is as they come through the front door. If someone gets it wrong at that point, it can take a lot of unpicking to sort it out. I'll often start again when they land on my ward, because I don't always trust what has gone before. A lot of that is due to service pressures (the best doctor will struggle to have a comprehensive history, diagnosis and plan for every one of 15 or so patients they have personally clerked in overnight) but there are certain people where I know that I might as well disregard everything they have done so far.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to bill) posted 4-Dec-2016 7:27am  
Baggers aren't a thing here. I've never seen a paid bagger. However, Scout groups and the like occasionally descend on a supermarket and stand ready to bag at every check out, with a collection bucket at the ready. I have a system and make sure my stuff goes on the belt ready for me to bag it as I want. No way I want some 12 year old boy doing it for me! So I always refuse their help, but I make a donation anyway. Harder to do that with someone whose actual job is to do the bagging.
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Biggles) posted 4-Dec-2016 8:47am  
Ugh, that would be in some ways worse (I hate getting solicited like that). There was another bagger in the past that had a great attitude, but was afflicted with some sort of palsy (jerky movements). We called him (privately) the tomato smasher. I don't think he could help it, but it was a bit rough on the groceries. We would sometimes grab the tomatoes off the belt and put them in the bag ourselves. smile
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 4-Dec-2016 9:24am  
The Tomato Smasher! That's brilliant. Well, not for your tomatoes... I wonder what superhero would go up against a villain of that name?
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to bill) posted 4-Dec-2016 9:27am  
I replied to you, but didn't click reply. Usually I copy and paste but I have no idea how to select blocks of text on the tablet I'm using (I am supposed to be revising far from the distractions of my laptop).
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Biggles) posted 4-Dec-2016 8:20pm  
Tablets are bad at copy/paste (imho). The Tomato Smasher not a villain, but perhaps he could team up with Lettuce Woman. raspberry
LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Biggles) posted 4-Dec-2016 11:29pm  
Produce Protector, defender of dinner
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to bill) posted 5-Dec-2016 5:01pm  
And Bacon Man?
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to LindaH) posted 5-Dec-2016 5:03pm  
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Biggles) posted 5-Dec-2016 5:05pm  
posted 15-Dec-2016 10:52pm  
One of the first "serious" jobs I ever had, I was the person doing negative work early on. Screwed up some data-entry tasks which ended up costing a good amount of man-hours to fix. The "customer" was pissed. I eventually stopped screwing up, and then the work load stopped, so I ended up eventually doing zero work instead of negative work.

Most jobs after that, security and/or the IT department was the culprit. So many rules and regulations, plus not giving developers admin rights; equals bottle-necks everywhere.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 16-Dec-2016 5:58pm  
Left work more than four hours late today because of this problem.
posted 23-Dec-2016 11:38am  
There used to be a janitor where I work. Nice guy. I don't know who he was related to. Never saw him do anything right. Other janitors had to go along behind him constantly and fix his work. Off the top of my head, I recall seeing him paint an apartment grey instead of white, it had to be repainted by someone else... and glue cove-base on upside-down and inside-out... also had to be redone by someone else...

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