I am writing a complaint letter: "...she gets others to do her job and she claims the credit..."

The only word I know for "getting others to do her job" is "delegating", but it sounds too positive. What is the correct word to imply that she is just making use of people to her advantage?

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    Is she a supervisor or manager claiming credit for the work of her direct reports, or does she get her peers to pick up her slack?
    – Jason M
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 21:31
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    In the sense of the stated complaint, "shirking" is probably the best of the options mentioned so far.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 22:34
  • @JasonM she makes friends with junior staff from other departments and asks them to do the work.
    – Jake
    Commented Oct 31, 2014 at 1:38

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Your original phrase, or a variant like “she gets others to do her work, then claims credit herself”, seems good enough already, but if you wish to add more-negative connotations, consider the verbs inveigle and slough (or sluff), as in:

She inveigles others to do her work...
She sloughs her work onto others...

From en.wiktionary, inveigle means “to convert, convince or win over with flattery or wiles”. Also from en.wiktionary, slough has senses including “To shed” and “To slide off”. Shift also works.

  • Oh! inveigles could not be more apt for my case! learnt something new today.
    – Jake
    Commented Nov 3, 2014 at 2:21

When I give a distasteful or boring task to one of my junior staff, I'll outright tell them I'm "offloading" (or unloading) it on them.


You could say: "to fob (a task) off onto someone"


She is shirking responsibility for her work. All that means is that she evades tasks that she should carry out, it doesn't say anything about claiming credit, or how she gets others to do her work.


How about "passing the buck?"

Admittedly, it is a phrase and not a word, but it has a nice punchy sound to it.


How about micro-managing?

Or if you want to be more flowery, he or she is "putting the weight on everyone else's shoulders"

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    Pretty much the opposite.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 22:32

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