The “Its Not My Job” Syndrome

I’ve found myself saying “Its not my job” a lot lately. I hate it. I don’t want to be someone who says those words. I don’t want to be someone who believes those words.

I’ll go out of my way to help people who help themselves. Or when it really is a bind. But I resent getting squeezed because the system/culture/people don’t allow enough time or can’t make up their minds. Being the low man on the totem pole (from both a title and organization point of view), I’m the one who is supposed to drop everything to rush to get things done. There’s little consideration to prior plans or fluctuating stress levels or wasted time and effort.

“Its not my job” is another way of protecting myself – from deadlines that are unrealistic or bosses who ask you to do work that is demoralizing. Its a safe way to say ‘no’ and pushing back. The problem

Maybe its time to start having some courageous conversations instead. Its scary to take a stance and put yourself out there as the one who’s vocally not going along with the way things run. But I’d rather be the person who speaks out in an attempt to make things better than be the person who mutters and holds everything back.

Do you have a picture of who you are? What could you change today to help you be more like that picture?

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10.21.2010    1 Comment    customer experience, jana, learning, life