“I can‘t do that, it‘s more than my job‘s worth”. 早上去衙门口儿办事，需要复印材料，大厅里的复印机坏了，得到的答复是“机器中午才能修好，办公室内的打印机不能给外来人员使用。”；大肚子孕妇去家门口的超市买米，管理人员说“我们规定三袋大米才负责送货，手推车不能外借”……生活中碰上诸如此类在自己的工作岗位上严守工作职责和规章制度，死板得一点不愿帮助别人的人，你是不是很光火？
Few stereotypes are hated more than a jobsworth. Everyone has met one at one time or another. To many people‘s minds, the term conjurs images of small-minded, petty individuals, exercising their authority unreasonably.
What‘s a jobsworth? A jobsworth is a person who only does the work they‘re supposed to do and nothing else. A jobsworth 做事情完全是按部就班，一点儿周转的余地都没有。It often refers to people who have bureaucratic jobs and they never seem to want to help you! 这个词经常用来描绘那些在官僚政府机构工作的人，很死板，很不愿意帮人（沪江英语学习网 www.a-xa.com）。
“Jobsworth” 是个贬义用语，同时也是英国一个特有的词汇。这个词的起源是什么呢？”Jobsworth” 来自于两个词 job‘s worth——The person won‘t help you because they think that to be helpful is more than their job‘s worth，就是说这种人不愿意帮助别人，因为他们认为帮人是超出了他们的工作范围。这种人常常挂在嘴边的就是这两句：”Rules is rules” and, inevitably, “It‘s more than my job‘s worth.” 。
为什么会有那么多的jobsworth？If you have a real fear of losing your job, why should you risk making an unnecessary mistake for someone who has not played by the rules? Following a clear rule is always going to be easier than exercising a difficult discretion. 按部就班工作，不犯错就不会惹麻烦的想法让人们做起事来显得死板而麻木。
A: I waited in a queue at the post office for an hour earlier for my stamps and then the man behind the desk told me I had to stand in a different queue to buy an envelope.
B: No way, what a jobsworth!
A: So Helen, have you brought the script to the studio?
B: No, that‘s not part of my job. I‘m not responsible for the scripts.
A: So come on Helen, where are those scripts?
B: I told you, it‘s not my job to bring the scripts to the studio.
A: You really are a jobsworth, aren‘t you?
B: Only joking! I‘ve got the scripts right here.
Don‘t be such a jobsworth! 少一些officious and inflexible的职员，少一些petty rule-following and excessive 的职能部门，多一点付出，多一丝关怀，大家一起在互帮互助的社会氛围里享受和谐社会的温暖。
说到这里，Jeremy Taylor的歌声在耳际回荡：Jobsworth, Jobsworth, Its more than me job‘s worth, I can keep you waiting for hours in the queue, And if you don‘t like it you know what you can do……