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What is the hardest or most difficult task that you can do with in your paygrade?

Asked by talljasperman (21798points) December 28th, 2013

What is the easiest, and what can you do at the top of your ladder?
For example treating a minor phobia (easiest for a psychologist).

Normal helping cope with grief (medium).

Treating Hannibal Lecture (Highest, Dr. Phil level or higher).

Any fields or tasks are welcome.
Humor welcome.

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talljasperman's avatar

Sorry I meant Hannibal Lechter

hug_of_war's avatar

As a special needs teacher assistant I think the most difficult task we are asked to do is restraints on students exhibiting behaviors, for a couple of reasons. For one, there is a strict protocol to follow so you need sufficient training (how to restrain someone, what are prohibited restraints, documentation, etc). Secondly, there is a non-negible risk of injury as a child is only restrained when they are endangering themself or another. Thirdly, depending on the family, they may be upset about these things, and even if you did everything textbook it can lead to an investigation into your actions, which is why at least where I worrk people are pretty gunshy about this, even when a student is assaulting other students.

The easiest task is just to watch a class (all students must have some level of observation at all times), just be someeone there. For example, if my other team members are out of the classroom and I’m changing a student then I may ask someone to come in and just observe the students in the classroom while I finish changing the student.

cookieman's avatar

The most difficult task I’ve had to do is lay people off (which today, is just code for fire people). So far, I’ve had to tell eight people in thirteen years, “I’m sorry, but we have to let you go.”

I felt bad about most of them. What bugs me most, is that in most cases, I’m not even part of the decision to let them go — just the bearer of bad news.

Middle of the road difficult is counseling students. I’m good with academic or skills-based counseling. It’s when they bring in personal matters that it can get dicey.

Everything else is do-able to a cake walk.

filmfann's avatar

I am retired, as of yesterday.
Up to that point, I worked for the phone company as a Digital Electronics tech.
The easiest thing I did was babysitting a generator. When the power goes out in an area, the company has to place a generator to supply power to the equipment. They then need someone to simply stand by the generator, and make sure it doesn’t get stolen. This usually happens at night, or on weekends, which means incredible amounts of overtime money for doing nothing.

The hardest thing my job title does, in my opinion, is climbing telephone poles that don’t have the steps already drilled in. This means having to wear spikes around your feet/ankles, and hoping you don’t cut out and fall off. I haven’t had to do this since I was punished by my boss about 16 years ago.

The hardest thing my job title does, that I had to do with any regularity was placing new batteries on the equipment. The batteries can be as much as 125 lbs each, and there are at least 4 in a string. Carrying those around ruin your back and knees in no time flat.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I work with dogs. The easiest thing I do is pick up poo, take dogs for a walk and generally keep them entertained.

The medium level of difficulty is teaching dog training classes and dealing with customers (the humans are generally more difficult than their animals)

The hardest things I do are working within rehab for dogs with more serious problems such as fear aggression and, on rare occasions, separating dogs that are fighting.

zenvelo's avatar

Hardest: Explaining to a client why we can’t do what they want.

Easiest: Preparing and submitting a routine rule change filing to the SEC.

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