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Dealing with stupid old duffers that don't pull their weight

 
#1 Dealing with stupid old duffers that don't pull their weight
01/03/2010 10:46

anon

Hi all. I need ideas for good ways to deal with stupid old duffers that have become part of the furniture, get paid about 5 times as much as they should, and don't pull their weight. The old duffer in question works for a client organisation by the way.

I'm sure you've come across these sorts of people in the past. You know - the old timers who have been at the company since the 80s and who do next to no work (other than attending "meetings" during which they don't even contribute anything useful) yet who somehow manage to cling onto the firm's payroll because of what I can only best describe as market inefficiencies.

Any ideas? Normally other people's pay and work is their business, not mine, but as you can imagine there are often situations where their lack of contribution results in the rest of us having to unreasonably shoulder additional load. All this whilst they get paid about 3 times more than the rest of us and continue building up their gold-plated final salary pension, not to mention the years and years of redundancy entitlement they will inevitably get when they are 'made redundant' 6 months before they would have retired anyway. It really peeves me to see people getting away with this kind of thing whilst the rest of us minions work hard. Any ideas?

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#2 RE: Dealing with stupid old duffers that don't pull their weight
01/03/2010 11:07

Forum Fan to anon (#1)

anon - what exactly do you mean by "deal with with stupid old duffers". If they work for a client organisation it is not your place to sort them out. If they are behaving in a way that is threatening the successful delivery of your project you need to bring it to the attention of the person in your organisation that is responsible for the project.

People like this exist and as a consultant you have to learn to live with them. Try not to get too bitter about their financial position.

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#3 RE: Dealing with stupid old duffers that don't pull their weight
01/03/2010 21:23

oldest duffer in town to Forum Fan (#2)

"Anon" you are such a silly young pup. If not for 43 year old duffers like me in the office my company wouldn't bring you bright young things in to show me how to do things properly. Your ire would be better aimed at your bosses who pay you but a tiny % of the fees they charge for you slogging your guts out day and night to correct the mistakes that idiots like me make on a daily basis. One thing I do know about you young pups though is that you are all so physically degenerate from a lifetime of computer games and no fresh air, you name your sport and I will whop your ass boy!

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