The “D” Worker

Proverbs 20:4 – The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; [therefore] shall he beg in harvest, and [have] nothing.
Proverbs 21:25 – The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
Proverbs 19:15 – Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
Proverbs 20:13 – Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

There are 4 different types of workers: 
“A” worker-sees what needs to be done and does it
“B” worker-asks for work “What can I do next?”
“C” worker-has to be told to work
“D” worker-avoids workToday we will focus on the Third type.
The “D” Worker:

  • The “D” Worker is unmotivated and lazy
  • “D” workers have to be found in order to tell them to work
  • A “D” worker is a procrastinator and is always late
  • These type of workers are not dependable because they never follow through
  • The “D” Worker will start many projects but never finish any of them
  • They think they deserve benefits without having to work for them

Avoiding Responsibility…

If a “D” worker knows a person expects work out of them, they tend to figure out how to get lost before that person arrives on the scene.  They think, “If Dad comes home at 3pm, he will probably have some work for me to do.  I will go somewhere else around that time, so when I show up it will be time for dinner and my parents wont make me starve.”  The “D” worker thinks this way their entire life.  Skirting responsibility is their game.  They have a huge list of excuses for why they did not get something done.  Something always comes up at the last minute so they do not have to keep any of their commitments.

Metals of disHONOR…

“If” you can get a “D” worker to actually do a job they will complain.  They have a knack for being so annoying that you get frustrated enough to let them off the hook.  It is easier to do the job yourself than to listen to them fuss about it the whole time.  If the “D” worker completes a job, they want a reward.  They feel they deserve a metal of honor.  You know this by how they remind you how “hard” they worked and all they did.   Even though you may have done about 10 times the amount of work than what the “D” worker did, they will actually think in their mind that they worked harder than everyone else.

They are quick to notice if anyone else is being lazy.  If there are 5 people in the room and 4 had worked for 8 hours, the “D” worker who watched them work all day will say they are lazy if he/she is asked to do one task while the others are sitting there.  The “D” worker will see this as unfair.  This person would be so focused on themselves the entire day that they did not even notice how hard the rest of the people were working.  If they were the only one working, they would become bitter in their heart toward the other people, thinking they had to work the hardest even if it was a job that only took 10 minutes.

How to Make Money being a “D” worker…
“D” workers love money.  They want to have money without working for it.  The “D” worker does not feel bad to ask others for money or apply for government aid.  They will gladly take food stamps and unemployment.  If they are a child, they will be perfectly happy earning an allowance for doing the most minimal amount of chores.  The sad fact is that the “D” worker will never be able to hold a job.  They will always scrape by shaking their fist at God for not blessing them.  They will blame their financial trouble on all the people that robbed them blind or who treated them unfairly.  “D” workers always feel they got the shorter end of the stick and they keep a chip on their shoulder all throughout their lives.

Proverbs 6:6 – Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear…
This is a sign posted in a national park.  The sign is there for a very good reason.  If you start feeding a bear, they will stop hunting for their own food.  If they stop hunting for their own food they will starve or get dangerous and have to be put down.  The same goes for the “D” worker.  If you give them too many handouts, you enable them to be lazy and not work for their food.  They will never get anywhere.  If everyone stopped feeding them, they would either die of starvation, get dangerous and steal to eat, or they would have to get a job.  I realize that some people have had situations come up that require assistance to support them for a time.  That is entirely different than the “D” worker who has a pattern of leaching, begging, stealing, or trying to get free money.  A person who is temporarily in a state of need will actually feel bad to ask for help.Employers do not like “D” workers.  They drag the entire company down by their attitude and poor work ethic.  The “D” worker brags about what a good worker they are but they cannot live up to their great, swelling words.  They tend to show up late for work, do the bare minimum of work, and sometimes they do not even show up for work at all.  For instance, when you tell a “D” worker to sweep the floor, they will never move furniture, they will take the easy route by just gathering up the few crumbs in the middle of the room and will not do a thorough job.  The employer generally fires the “D” worker for their lack of consistency and lack of dependability. Life of Leisure…
The “D” worker would much rather play video games, watch television, or read a book instead of working.  In fact, the “D” workers generally gravitate toward anything that feeds their flesh and makes it so they do not have to think very hard.  They could spend nearly all day on a devise and not realize where their time went.From “D” to “A”…
All children are born “D” workers.  They all have to learn to work somehow.  As parents, we teach them to work and encourage them to have a drive to accomplish things each day.  This is a small start but they learn quickly to work their way up the work ethics scale.  Working your way up the scale can be learned.  We all can be “D” workers in the course of a typical day.  There are days that I just do not feel like doing anything, myself.  I am a solid, unmotivated “D”.  I have to urge myself to get focused and become a “C” worker by making a little list for myself of things I should accomplish that day.  I work my way up to the “B” when I ask my husband what I can do to help him and then I add a few more things to my list.  As the day goes on, I start noticing dirty laundry, and things out of place.  As I notice things that need doing, I jump up to the “A” spot by returning the things back to their place.  I start working myself into a groove and before I know it, I am a solid “A” working machine!Becoming a Graduate…
Anyone can work their way up the work ethic’s scale when they start out small, taking baby steps toward the goal.  Some people can’t fathom climbing an entire mountain, but if they take one step at a time, they find out they are getting pretty far.  By the time they reach the top, they can hardly believe it was that easy.  For instance, it is hard for my children if I tell them to clean the entire kitchen.  They see it as a monumental task.  A task that I know only takes about 1 hour to do thoroughly.  Looking at the big picture is hard for most people.  But, if you give them a list of small tasks and have them check off each one as they go, they feel it is doable.  Try not to beat yourself up if you feel like you are having a “D” day.  Get off your seat and make a little list.  Graduate yourself immediately to the “C” status.  A “D” worker can easily learn to be a “C” worker in a short time with a little list.  A “C” worker can easily learn to simply ask what they can do next in order to break past and become a “B” worker.  That same “B” worker has only but to look around and start noticing what needs to get done to excel to the “A” level.  It seems hard but it is really just a few baby steps away!

13 thoughts on “The “D” Worker

  1. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series on types of workers. Thank you so much! I’m so glad my friend showed me your blog!!

      • I love your blog too! I just found it tonight from No Greater Joy (The Me Monster) and I am so glad! You are living your purpose and it shows. Thank you for your wonderful example and your vulnerable depression story. So applicable to us all. Blessings!

  2. Hello Erin!
    You have described my 8 year old son perfectly. We have a lot of isues with him. He can be a sweet boy. But he is extreemly lazy. ( to the point that he will wet or soil himself to get out of work) and he doesnt like being told he has yo earn something by working, he has to wait to have it or he cant have it at all, it belongs to someone else. So he will steal anything and evetything and lie when confronted or pass the blame onto someone else. Your post gives me hppe. Thankyou!

    • It is such a blessing to know this post is helpful to you. I have two “D” workers, one “C” and one “A/B” worker. It can be a challenge. I am constantly trying to think of ways to get my “D” workers to be productive. I know that they will eventually get there. They do sometimes surprise me with some pretty cool work ethic and ideas, so I have tons of hope. I am confident you will see some changes as well as your boy keeps growing into a man. They seems to go through a phase in-between boy/man.

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