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It’s not my job

In the workplace, you’ll often hear people say, “That’s not my job.” It’s not their responsibility, it’s not their role, or it’s not their place, etc.

One may even hear this in one’s team. Which begs the question, if it’s not your job, then whose job is it?

Shouldn’t the responsibility be all of ours? Shouldn’t we all shoulder the blame, the pressure, and the workload? In the same vein, shouldn’t we all accept the glory? Isn’t that the trade off?

Seriously question the integrity of this statement, “It’s not my job.” And if you find yourself saying it, question why.

If the answer is, “well it’s someone else’s,” ask who that someone else is. And why they’re any different to you. Why should they accept the responsibility, and not you?


  1. Vicki Vicki

    Just a person uttering those words makes me wonder about their age and capabilities but clearly, absolutely I know they are expressing their entitlement and ego issues …

    • I think it’s often a side-effect of corporate life and with that comes the disintegration of team spirit and joint ownership.

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