When I was at school, I thought that Dilbert was an amusing comic. As the years go by, the more I appreciate it as a deeply authentic searing indictment of modern business practice.
Small case in point: I've been asked to do a task ostentibly on the basis that if I do this, a client's job will be made easier.
Even though this creates extra work for me, this is fair enough. Only the task I've been asked to complete involves requesting action on the part of the client whose life I'm supposed to be making easier.
The action they will have to take is exactly (EXACTLY) the thing my task is supposed to prevent them having to take. Simply put: If I do the job, they have to do the work. If I don't do the job - they have to do the work at a slightly different point in the process. And I don't dare bring this up in case it prompts a "I don't pay you to be a wiseass" type response.
Bonus points: And the people who've put me in this situation just love to have a moan in my presence about their apparently shoddy practise of THEIR managers. Apparently they hate pointless tasks and proceedures too.
Please entertain me with tales about how something you don't like sucks.