This sounds like whining – and it probably is – but if you have a potential answer (or just want to tell me to shut the hell up) then please comment.
I am a low-level cog is a large corporation. I work with someone else who is also a low-level cog of a slightly different sort. We’ll call me person J and this co-worker person B. It should be understood that both J and B are at exactly the same level of senority in the company – neither has any clout over the other.
It should also be noted that the organization stresses the importance of recognizing where change could and should be enacted in order to maintain efficiencies through all areas of the company, and expects all its employees to participate and make suggestions.
B is asked to keep track of some data, and devises a system to do so, involving the need for certain actions by J and all of the other people who do J’s job.
J realizes that the actions being requested are redundant, and a time-waster (15 minutes per day x 30 people performing redundant task, not to mention the collosal waste of paper), and eventually thinks of a better way to perform said actions which will maximize efficiency and minimize errors. J then presents her idea to the supervisors.
Supervisors think J’s idea is great! Yay J! However the idea will require B to also slightly modify the way she does things.
B resists change. Supervisors let B’s stubbornness overrule their request for change.
J remains bitter.
UPDATE: 5:44pm (for clarification purposes)
If you were J, what would you do now? What would you do to better the situation, when up and quitting isn’t a viable, or responsible option?