In another group within the Communications department, they have come up with a plan to engage each other in conversation. Everyone in the department will be given three flags; a red one, a yellow one and a green one.
So, suppose your nit-picky supervisor decides that they would like you to take on an onerous part of their job that is clearly not part of your job description…lets say they want you to pick apart the database that they hopelessly skewed and would like you to detangle it and make it useful. You have other things to do and have no idea what they were thinking or what the point of the information is, so you throw a yellow flag at them. Since they aren't able to read your mind and don't think they are asking too much of you to help them out this one time, they react and throw a red flag at you. Now you have a red flag and a seething temper but since your supervisor is still expecting you to cover their derrière' you give up on the approaching deadline projects you are doing and attempt to unravel the incomprehensible database. Once you come up with a chart that looks good, but no one is quite certain that the numbers are really showing that information, your supervison is happy and may give you a coveted green flag.
I ask you, does this seem like a mature and efficient way of commuicating to you?
Let's replay the scene using our words, shall we?
Your supervisor comes into your cube and asks you to work on the database that he just sent you. You are annoyed and want to scream at him that you already have a full plate of projects approaching deadline, but instead you answer reasonably "I could, but if I do that then I won't get this PowerPoint out before the noon meeting and the letters won't be proofed in time to send them to the vendor for next weeks mailing."
He clucks around for a few minutes about prioritizing projects and then decides that you should continue the PowerPoint for the meeting, but he will take the letters and have them proofed for the vendor, the after the meeting you will have time for the database. This seems fair enough, so you open the database and discover that it is put together in a non-sensical manner and you don't understand what information he's trying to organize by it. After discussing goals with him for a few minutes you realize that you need to concatenate a couple of columns and use the text to columns tool on another, then you can run a pivot table and maybe come up with a chart that you won't be embarrased for anyone else to know you worked on.
Tell me the truth, which senario would you rather have?
I have to wonder why someone who works in a communications department would think that this plan is a good idea. Right now my biggest fear is that under some misguided turn of re-organization my team will be sent to that group.