I’m having a hard time following the rules at work lately.
In my defense, the rules have changed, and I have yet to figure out exactly why, or what the new rules are. Come to find out? Having a good understanding of “the rules” - or what’s expected of me - is closely linked to how well I’m able to comply.
It’s not that I don’t like to be told what to do. (I mean, OK, I don’t like it, but I can handle it - especially for a paycheck.) And I don’t expect to agree with every decision my superiors make.
I just want to know why.
I remember, in the past, being told that a new set of paperwork would be required for all employees. It was a new system from what we were used to, and surely upper management was going through the trouble of training us on a new way of doing things for a reason. But when my colleagues and I asked what that reason was, we were simply told “because that’s what corporate wants us to do”.
I never did end up getting the hang of that new system, and my questions remained unanswered when I left that company several months later. I didn’t leave because of paperwork, but feeling like I was expending a lot of energy on meaningless tasks for no good reason certainly didn’t add to my job satisfaction.
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