Employment Law Explained

About Jobsworth

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So what is a “jobsworth”?

jobsworth

noun Brit. informal an official who mindlessly upholds petty rules.

— ORIGIN from ‘it’s more than my job’s worth (not) to’.

[Oxford English Dictionary]

To describe someone as a “Jobsworth” is not a term of endearment.  I always think of it as indicating a petty minded person who makes life difficult for colleagues by working to rule all the time and being inflexible.  Wikipedia (of course) has a much fuller definition – go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jobsworth

Why choose it for the name of this ‘blog?  Well, because it is memorable and because split into its constituent parts it highlights that our jobs are worth a lot to us – even if we don’t particularly like the job we are doing. In fact our jobs are fundamental to us.

Employment Law is at the very heart of the working relationship between employers and employees and, consequently, crucial to the running of just about every type of occupation and activity.  Most people, unless members of the Royal Family/aristocracy will not be able to go through life without having a job at some point.  Even those unlucky enough to be unemployed either had a job or want to get a job.  I suspect even mega-winners on the Lottery secretly want to get back to work.  If i ever get that lucky, I’ll let you know.