Aesop tells us of a man that loaded his donkey and his mule
for a journey. After travelling for a while the donkey began to
weaken so he asked the stronger mule to carry some of his
load. The mule refused.

Soon the donkey collapsed and died from the weight of the

The mule was then forced to carry the donkey's full load -
and also the skin of the poor deceased donkey.

While carrying the large load the mule realized his failure to
help a little at first had caused a much greater suffering to

With increased workloads in most of today’s work places
some employees will find they have a heavier burden than
others. If they do not offer to help the overworked employee
will likely become overstressed and call in sick or perhaps
even quit. When this happens it is likely that all employees
receive a greater workload temporarily – or even

As Aesop said, it is better to help out when only partial help
is needed to carry one’s load.

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The Donkey and the Mule