Entry 119: Stuck
The biggest complaint I get from my coworkers is, "why would customers leave a mess in the dressing rooms?" The simplest answer is that it's not their job to clean up, and it's easy ten times easier to just leave a pile of clothes for the next person to worry about. And as my old boss would say: job security.
I hate that phrase.
In short, that phrase surmises the notion that a fault in the system provides the need for someone to repair it, but not solve the underlying issue. From my perspective, it's a waste of time and energy, and in an employment perspective, a waste of money.
As a problem solver, I thrive when I figure out a new shortcut or method to accomplish something with less resources, such as carrying all the groceries in a single trip, for example. Sure it creates an added strain on the arms, but it also prevents the door from opening too many times and letting flies come in the house.
The bane of my existence is when something is not explained well enough for me, such as orders from management. It is a given that I should carry out the said orders, and I usually do, but when something isn't clearcut or seems counterproductive, I ask for a better understanding. But apparently, this is frowned upon at certain jobs, because they expect their employees to follow new ideas without question.
This is a huge reason why the military lifestyle wouldn't be for me.
Not to say that I hate following new rules, but I like to be well informed so I can perform better, versus monkey-see monkey-do mentality. For some people, the latter method works, but not for me, and when an authoritative figure tries to implement a new rule without explanation, I mentally freeze up.
To bring this to a closing, this instance happen to me a work during a peer-review, and I was encouraged to embrace new ideas/rules without questioning them. I wanted to resist, and I might do so in the future, because the other option for me is to shut my brain off and give in. My fear is that I will learn nothing from my job, and I'll be as miserable as the other employees.