110: Careless Work and Inefficiency

Program 110 / Episode 10

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Careless work is defined as work performed by an employee who is knowledgeable, skilled and able, but engages in unacceptable job performance without premeditation. In the case of premeditation, the activity would be chargeable as sabotage.
Aspects Underlying the Charge:
Management has a duty to supply adequate tools, parts, training, and a work conducive environment.
Indicators of carelessness are: procedural shortcuts, neglect to check production readiness, and failure to check for scrap.
Appropriate Penalties
An isolated case ordinarily does not warrant discharge.
A worker whose carelessness can result in substantial damage or harm may not be susceptible to progressive discipline measures.
Incompetent Work
Incompetent work is not subject to progressive discipline because the worker simply cannot do the job.
The solution for incompetence is simply job removal.

Additional information


Three member panel discussion


59 Minutes


M. David Keefe, Labor Arbitrator, Founder of LMDSI

Management's View

Malcolm Denise, former V.P. for Labor Relations, Ford Motor Company

Labor’s View

Raymond Shetterly, former Director of the Arbitration Services Dept., UAW