in reply to (OT) On starting a new job

Ask yourself this question of every law, rule, guideline, meme, mantra, and dogma to which you are subjected or expected to observe;

Does this rule(etc.) exist to serve the happiness of the individuals; or the well-being, profitability or productivity of the group; or simply to establish and reenforce the exclusivity of the rulemakers?

Examine what is said, not who speaks.
"But you should never overestimate the ingenuity of the sceptics to come up with a counter-argument." -Myles Allen
"Think for yourself!" - Abigail        "Time is a poor substitute for thought"--theorbtwo         "Efficiency is intelligent laziness." -David Dunham
"Memory, processor, disk in that order on the hardware side. Algorithm, algorithm, algorithm on the code side." - tachyon