make-work

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make-work

(māk′wûrk′)
n.
Work of little value assigned or taken on only to keep someone from being idle.

make′-work`



n.
work created to keep a person busy.
[1935–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.make-work - active work of little valuemake-work - active work of little value; "while he was waiting he filled the days with busywork"
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
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Thinking I would be reprimanded for not completing the cleaning I was surprised when my supervisor went absolutely berserk, screaming that this was a six-week make-work job and that I had single-handedly screwed up the system.
Kent, formerly a star for IBM, promoted for doing a good job somewhere else, is now in a make-work job with no sponsors.
The truth is, the US State Department, like every other executive department, suffers from redundancies and make-work jobs.
Housing authorities can be patronage havens, full of make-work jobs and political appointees.
and these won't be make-work jobs that the government has either, which are basically welfare
The goal is to increase productivity and prosperity, but changes include plans to slash a million make-work jobs from state payrolls and reduce subsidies such as the universal food ration, both of which make Cubans nervous.
The solution is not a promise of government programs to train a small subset of them or employ an even smaller subset in temporary make-work jobs.
In this "fundamental" narrative, the advanced countries' pre-crisis GDP was unsustainable, bolstered by borrowing and unproductive make-work jobs.
Those people will have to get jobs that are valuable to the wealth of the nation instead of tax-code make-work jobs.
With a looming $21 billion deficit, there shouldn't be any make-work jobs in the Capitol - at any level.
For-profit employers demand maximum productivity, efficiency, and work quality from employees, dramatically superior to government make-work jobs where laziness or mediocre quality are more likely to be tolerated.