Rewarding – the non-performer

Why is it that we spend so much time and resources rewarding the non-performer? I don't get it. We do it all the time at work. If someone doesn't want to do something, we bend over backwards to make sure they have something they like to do. If someone isn't as fast as they should be on a certain effort, we think that perhaps they have superior quality skills. If someone does a poor job, we put more resources on the effort so that they can end up with a good product despite the lack luster efforts of their co-worker. People cover for the poor performer.
Is this just in my environment? No, it's in the contractor environment as well, but they do respond to our environment.
All I know is that I have no interest in making sure the non-performer is rewarded, compensated well or covered for in any respect. If they are trying hard or sincerely want to learn, that is one thing. But, if they are lax, lazy, or whatever you want to call them – no way.
It's time to become an entrepreneur I guess. You are compensated only if you perform and have a product worth buying.
My time has come…
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