what is the idiom or proverb for

When good people/smart hard working people/productive employees are punished by pushing/dumping more responsibility on to them by the authority/management, etc because of their cognizant skills, alertness, diligence, sound judgement and/or overall productiveness while the lazy, delinquent, tardy, sloppy, unproductive receive less work or no work (for fear of bungling and still secure the post) for their same pay (as in a reward, bliss for wrong doing).

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    It's the horse which runs that gets whipped the most. – Kris Jul 19 '18 at 6:59

Whether a phrase, idiom, or a proverb, the most clear and common recapitulation of your question is:


"No good deed goes unpunished".





“The burden of competency”; the seemingly oxymoronic rationale that the more capable you are, the harder your work becomes. From competence follows increases in responsibility and workload.

  • In reality, increases in responsibility are likely followed with increases in compensation. Everyone always has the option of working below their potential, and can turn down opportunities for more work. – PV22 Jul 19 '18 at 15:36
  • Unlikely where favoritism is abundant.. – AMN Jul 20 '18 at 17:17

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