For all you nail-biters, here’s the belated follow-up on this post. Summary for those just tuning in: I was telling my bosses how I don’t want to work on the project they gave me, for various reasons.
The reply was very favorable, striking positive notes on all counts. Highlights include:
- A thank you for bringing it up
“…yes, definitely thank you for bringing this up…”
- Acknowledgment of my main points
“It’s good to be aware of effort vs. value… it’s probably at a reasonable stopping point.”
- Further kudos
“… being able to communicate effectively about this sort of thing is really important, so you’re on the right track.”
- New prospects
“I have a much longer-term project I want to get going, so it’s ok if we wrap this one up for now.”
So, great. I think it’s a good example of how a good workplace is far superior to even above-average school environments; at work, you should be able to have a fair amount of say in the work you do. I know I’m new at this, but I believe that when it comes to knowing your skill set and how it can work for your company, few people have more pertinent input than yourself.