Above Your Paygrade
Unless you own the organization you work for, there’s someone above you that gets to make the final decision about how things get done. It’s inevitable that someone with a bigger title than yours will think they have a better way for you to do some aspect of your job.
In fairness, sometimes they may be right. Sometimes trying something new helps everyone think outside the box. One of the worst sentences in the workplace and possibly life is, “This is how we’ve always done it.” Sometimes there’s a reason it’s always been done the same way, but more than likely virtually everything we do can be done different ways.
If you work in a culture that asks and values your opinion on changes, by all means speak up to share them—whether you agree or disagree with the new idea.
However, if you work for a company that doesn’t value input, asked for, or not, it’s probably best to keep your opinion to yourself.
If you’re being asked to do something different, then someone is trying to get a better, quicker, or faster result. It’s a sign that this aspect of your job is being reviewed by lots of eyeballs. It’s important to be a team player, and at least try to do something in a different manner with open eyes. You might be surprised. Or it’s also possible after a trial period everything will go back to being like it was before.
Of course, if you’re being asked to do something illegal or unethical, report it through the proper channels. If there’s no one to report it to then consider your career options.
The bottom line is that we’ll always be asked to do things we might or might not think produce the desired results. In the short and maybe long run, you’ll be a lot happier if you recognize something is above your paygrade and simply smile, and say, “Let’s give it a try.”
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