For a very long time I had a misunderstanding and thought the word expressing this was "sandbagging" which is very much an incorrect use.

Is there a phrase I can use when I am saying that I am stacking up things to do for one of my juniors at work, so that they will have plenty to do and not run out of work? The idea is to have a plentiful amount of work available and set up. think: "task-stockpiling" I have searched quite a bit to no avail. It's one of those things where I swear there was a word for this and it's escaping me.

Thanks in advance :)

  • What's wrong with stockpile itself, or many of its synonyms? Bank, accumulate, reserve, backlog? – Jason Bassford Jun 30 '20 at 20:46
  • I'm tempted to suggest overloading! I hope your junior doesn't get stressed. Another term, from computer science (or supermarkets) is stacking – chasly - supports Monica Jun 30 '20 at 20:47
  • You put the tasks in their (figurative) in tray. If you keep that full you can be sure to demoralise them. – Weather Vane Jun 30 '20 at 20:56
  • It sounds like you're delegating the work to others. – Hot Licks Jun 30 '20 at 21:14
  • I actually really do like that use of "stacking". And no I am not being a mean ol' task-master. I train electricians daily and they often blaze through the training tasks I have assigned for them with very little effort so it's good for me to have a surplus – ElectricianPat Jul 1 '20 at 23:06

How about task list or to-do list? Yes, they're two words, but they are "concise phrases" that capture what you're seeking. M-W defines to-do list as "a list of things to do." A task list is the same thing.

Your example:

I am stacking up things to do, i.e., creating a task list or to-do list, for one of my juniors at work, so that they will have plenty to do and not run out of work.

  • the stacking usage is the most expressive in a way that communicates what I want. I'll probably go with "task-stacking" or something like that. Thanks! – ElectricianPat Jul 1 '20 at 23:23

How about delegating, as in "delegating some tasks to them"?

M-W defines "delegate" as "to entrust to another," which is what you're ultimately doing with the tasks you're building up.

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