There's a standard mantra repeatedly uttered at your company amongst your coworkers during meetings and typed in emails. It's a multi-purpose statement, sort of the corporate equivalent of "prego" in Italian. People use it as a greeting, a salutation, place filler, and most particularly a defense. Four simple words: it's not my job.
How many times do you encounter this on a daily basis? Or for that matter, how often do you say it? How frequently is this paltry flight from professionalism, this wholesale abandonment of any shred of personal integrity and dignity farted out of the facial rectums of the lowest common denominator who steal our oxygen?
There is no greater roadblock to productivity, no more glutinous inhibition to progress, than minds strangled by bullet points on a career planning document stuffed in a manila folder in a filing cabinet three cubicles away. These are small, feeble minds, uninterested in producing anything of quality, incapable of more than the bare minimum, and the shameful husk of something less than human. In a perfect world, the words "it's not my job" would be immediately followed with ritual disembowelment by wandering ronin.
It's possible my feelings are too strong on this, potentially unhealthy, even. And yet, I persist. Because those people are the scum of the Cosmos, and their genetic heritage should be eliminated.
It's not my job comes in different shapes and sizes. For instance, I don't work for you, you're not my boss, or best of all, the passive-aggressive that's not in my job description. These are just thin disguises for I don't wanna.
Wouldn't it be great to be dynamic? Maybe instead of petulantly refusing to help out, people might suggest solutions, or at the very least help usher things along the proper workflow? Be careful now, because here are three more words that just betray people for the lazy, ambition-lacking, morale black holes they are: I'm too busy.
No. Put a stop to these sentiments right now. Solve problems, don't side step. For all the flaws of corporate culture, all the lies and prevarication in the realm of The Office, all the ways these constructs minimize and invalidate people, we mustn't lose sight of the fact that this same culture is fed by the people who inhabit it. As such, employees can choose to lower themselves to the petty stresses of The Job, or choose to raise The Job to their desired level of dignity.