I think it is stupid to.
That corporate directive you hate? That new policy that makes your job harder? A new process that adds no value? All the things you gripe and complain about, I hate them to.
I hate anything the company does that keeps us from being able to do our jobs. Anything that makes a task take longer and lowers morale impacts my bottom line. Ultimately, I have to control costs and most of my cost controls is meeting deadlines. I meet deadlines by making sure people stay productive. Forcing people to slow down for no good reason and lowering their morale are two productivity killers. So you see, I don’t see the value in it either.
However, I still have to enforce the rules. That’s my job. It is a part of the job I hate, but it’s still the job. Someone has to be the enforcer and while I hate the stupid rules I have to follow them and apply them because I need you to follow the rules that improve our quality, ensure that we are working as a team, and keep us out of trouble. I can be somewhat selective about how I choose to enforce the rules but I don’t have total discretion.
Sometimes, I am going to introduce a policy all my own that you’re not going to like. I know very well that some middle managers and executives do this so they can appear to be “doing something” about a problem or becuase they suddenly decided it’s a good idea. I don’t do that. I do sometimes have to introduce rules for our group though because of other events you may not be aware of. I don’t like it either and I feel your frustration, but this is not a democracy.
I do actually value your input and I feel your frustration. Unfortunately, by choosing to work at this company we also choose to abide by those rules. For me, that also means enforcing rules even when I think they are dumb.
Also, you can be as irritated or as angry at me as you need to be about it. I accept that as part of my job. Just don’t think that I necessarily accept the wisdom of every corporate policy or that you always have the big picture.