This topic is about those who just do not contribute as they should.

In any team you have the inevitable leader; there may be more than one of these. Then there’s the rest of us, who perform to make the leaders and the company look good. Then we have those who do as little as they can, hoping that no one notices. Free loaders: they drift aimlessly through life, bouncing from employer to employer, catching a free ride whenever and for as long as they can.

These free loaders are the ones that rely on everyone else to make them look good – oh no, they are not the leaders. They are quick to claim credit for a project they were involved in, but loafed through the entire thing. In turn they make the rest of us look bad.

These free loaders depend on the rest of us to wake them in time for work. They need us to give them a lift to site or arrange transport for them. They are the ones that always seem to “forget” or misplace PPE. Or worse still “lose equipment on site”.

That guy that seems to disappear for hours during the work day; and most of us wonder – where has he been? What has he actually done today? That’s him.

The same person, that the client sees strolling around on site with hands in pockets, oblivious to the surroundings. That same person that will sponge on you for lunch: “Buy me food, I will give you the money back”. And the inevitable “Can I catch a lift home with you?”

They are the ones who disappoint everyone and come up with feeble excuses as to why the job could not be done; blaming everyone and everything but themselves. They are the ones that cannot finish the report on time, or the report has so many mistakes on it, that the client sends it back. They are the weak link in the chain.

We all know people like that. We do not need people like that. Life is hard enough trying to make a living for ourselves – why should we need to make a freeloader’s life work as well.

During the year your Level III conducts technical assessments on site, determining everybody’s compliance to the NDT procedures, health and safety requirements, being a team player and good NDT practice.

Those weak links will be eliminated from the system. They can go and free load somewhere else.

The time to be a team player is now.

Hennie de Wet