Unfair Workplace Delegation

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about lazy workers allowed to be that way:

In my job at a casino, my manager always gives the hardest tasks to the hard workers. He does not try to train the slacker who doesn’t put forth the effort. Should the manager be training the lazy worker to do all positions? Also, what are my options? I am tired of being the chosen one to do all the jobs that are the most difficult? I want fairness.

Signed, Want Fair Play

Dear Want Fair Play:

Your complaint is as old as there have been managers and the managed. Even the Bible relates a fable told by Jesus of resentment of some employees getting the same pay who came late and another of a father who lavished favors to returned wayward a son and the resentment of a son who worked faithful for his dad. Currently, I know of an on-going situation like yours in a Veterans Hospital. There several hardworking capable employees get the demanding jobs and the playboys/girls get the easy ones. Life is unfair and especially some workplaces are terribly unfair. How unfair is it for you? Is your pay higher than the slackers? Do you have seniority over the lazy? If so does your pay and seniority compensate for being expected to do the hard jobs? We all want to be rewarded for what we do and for those who do little not to be rewarded. What do you do? Do you mumble to co-workers, friends, and your family about the slackers and the failure of your manager to deal with them? Are you letting this injustice fester and hatred grow inside your head and gut? Do you hate to go to work day after day or night after night? If you answer “yes” to these questions, you will continue to be unhappy in your job. Is there another option? You have a voice for more than complaining and writing to us.

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