Overkill Not the Same as Competence
A few days before Thanksgiving, I listened to a friend complain about having 20 people over to her house. She talked about all the preparations and coordination needed and made it seem more like an onerous chore than a time to celebrate with family and friends.
The interesting thing is that every suggestion made to her was shot down. No, she wouldn't use store bought pies because they just weren't the same as her homemade. Everyone would be expecting her special dressing. Martha's potato salad was just not as good as hers.
Every offer of help was rebuffed. It's obvious she enjoyed doing it all herself and being perceived as either a victim or Superwoman, or both!
I have seen laboratorians like that as well. They do lots of things, but complain while they do them. They often turn down offers of help in order to claim martyrdom. Sometimes, for a particular task, they also go overboard, overcomplicating matters.
Often, they claim to be more concerned and competent than everyone else, when in fact, they are just more busy talking and "tasking." Why build in 10 steps in a process than can be accomplished by 5? What are you doing with log books when the information is also in the computer?
Why record temperatures every shift if daily will suffice? Why insist on doing what can be delegated? Why nitpick every one else's work instead of simply doing your own job well?