I thought there was a word for this. Where you take a basic problem that exists and the best solution already exists and any effort we put into solving the problem would actually cause more work for us thus becoming a bigger problem.
The phrase I use is "the cure is worse than the disease". I can't think of a single word that is in general use for that.
You could describe the situation as "(potentially) Goldbergian".
Rube Goldberg (noun)
1. having a fantastically complicated, improvised appearance: a Rube Goldberg arrangement of flasks and test tubes.
2. deviously complex and impractical: a Rube Goldberg scheme for reducing taxes.
Building a better mousetrap
The mousetraps we have are cheap, effective, and very simple, yet people are always trying to invent a new one.
I've only heard people use "This adds an unnecessary level of complexity" which is what I think you're getting at, but I've never seen a single word for this.
Consider using 'compound' (in the sense of 'to increase').
That approach would only compound our difficulties!
Maybe related: boondoggle, make-work.
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