Nine told off for being disinclined to work (8)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'being disinclined to work' is the definition.
I can't tell whether this defines the answer.
'nine told off' is the wordplay.
'off' is an anagram indicator.
'ninetold' with letters rearranged gives 'INDOLENT'.
'for' is the link.