I've recently listened to the "High C Manager Simple Downfall" cast and it really struck me how this was all about my boss. Now I had "official" justification for feeling that I had a problem. Alas that cast did not address what one should do as a direct...
So the problem is this: my boss always finds irritating faults and improvement suggestions for anything that I or his other directs do. This is causing me (and others) to invest valuable time in fixing things where the ROI is occasionally terribly low (and I feel confident about saying this).
To put this into context, my boss would usually point his directs to such faults using sentences such as:
"Let me also suggest that you..."
"I think that you should also..."
"It's good but we should improve it by..."
"Also, you can..."
Here is a practical example: I've recently sent him a document covering some new internal process. The formatting of this document, which was pretty good, is meaningless IMO since it would only circulate internally between <5 people pretty much at my level. My boss's feedback was that we need to change the bullets to Word headers and then consolidate a few sections. Technically he is right. The document would be improved AND it's a complete waste of my time to be investing any more time into these syntactical formatting minutiae.
This kind of feedback happens repeatedly in other fields: asking his directs to rename or reversion documents, update insignificant fields in some DB tracking internal records, etc, etc.
Up until now I have been following his implied requests, even when they were implicit, because he is my boss. The cast has helped me realized that his behavior is wrong and reinforced my feeling that I am wasting valuable time, which often is the case.
Please advise me on what to do. I know I'm not supposed to give feedback to my manager (plus he's never asked for any), and beginning to ignore his nitpicking suggestions will be noticed and possibly taken the wrong way, not to mention disagreeing about them. Should I just keep biting the bullet?
Thanks in advance