Not My Job!

Don't be lazy at work! - don't be lazy at work
@tentwo67 (3384)
United States
December 11, 2006 5:09am CST
http://www.flickr.com/photos/megganallison/311383545/ I found this link on www.reddit.com, and it really spoke to me. It's very funny (and I hope you'll enjoy!), but it touches on one of my biggest pet peeves. I can't stand the "It's not my job" mentality. It drives me nuts. In my mind, if you are employed by a company then to the best of your ability, their business is your business. You shouldn't go outside of your abilities or skill set, but if you're capable of doing something that needs to be done (say emptying a trash can... or moving a tree limb prior to painting a street line!), then shouldn't you do it? It seems to me that it's bad form, in poor taste, to say, "Oh, that's not on my job description!" What do you think about this?
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
11 Dec 06
It really irks me.It comes down to if they do any additional work they want to be paid for it, no matter how mynute it is.
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
17 Dec 06
and it wasnt hard to do it right
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
17 Dec 06
I think that is the problem with government jobs
@vikceo (1301)
• India
16 Dec 06
yes these things are really nice
@HerShe (2386)
• Canada
15 Dec 06
Hi. My father always said, and still does for that matter, "Anything worth doing, is worth doing to the best of your ability." I have the same attitude. What is the point, otherwise? People at work drive me crazy. They say things like, "Oh well..." or "Who cares" or "So what". It means the same thing as, "It's not my job". I wish people like this would just quit. They are so frustrating! They just don't care. It's hard for me to not care. Here's an example: We are all 'spacing', which is taking plants out of trays and spacing them on the greenhouse floor. I was working with a girl who would take the plant by the leaves three at a time and pluck them down. I told her the whole ides of spacing was to give the plants more room to grow. Her response, "So, I don't care." I just wanted to squish her! And every time she walks down a bay, she knocks plants over. Do you think she picks them up? Of course not! Then at the end of the day, we have to go through every bay and stand up all the plants. RRRRRRoar! Thanks for letting me vent.
• United States
12 Dec 06
That is one thing I can't stand either! I used to jump my high school students for throwing down trash and saying that the janitor would get it. I asked how would they like it if someone went to where their mom and dad worked and did something to make more work on that person. The janitor doesn't get paid for picking up extra trash. How would they like it if their mom and dad had to work overtime and didn't get paid for it?
@claudia413 (4284)
• United States
11 Dec 06
Years before everyone said "not on my job description", they would say "it's not my job". I agree with you about doing whatever you're capable of, but sometimes your job just gets loaded down with more and more work because someone else will say "it's not on my job description". We don't even have job descriptions in my office, and we all chip in and do whatever has to be done. We have no slackers, thank goodness. Our office is very busy and we all work hard. We even ask if we can help out if we see that someone is really loaded down with extra work. I've worked in offices before where some women refused to serve coffee, tea or water to a client. They would say they weren't a waitress. What is so hard about taking something to drink to a client anyway? Our boss will even do it himself if he knows we're awfully busy.
@happygal68 (3277)
• United States
11 Dec 06
We seem to hear that all the time in the job force. I think if you are able to help then do it, whether it is in your "job description" or not. I know to some ppl though, if you do this and help then they come to expect it all the time. That may be why a lot of ppl say it is not in their job description.