At work, we have a new time clock system, mandated by the university.
There are five people in my office. Three of us are salaried and are unaffected; the other two are hourly. Even though I am the Manager of our office - but AS I HAVE SAID OVER AND OVER TO THE HOURLY PEEPS NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU BITCH TO ME - I have no control or affect on the new system.
Today, we had an Office Meeting. I said:
You can complain and complain all you want about this new system. I will always listen to you. I will never get defensive.
This is not my system. I am merely telling you the details that I hear from my superiors. Whatever questions I cannot answer, I will ask upward - no matter how much resistance I get.
[The upper up bosses are "tired" and "frustrated" of questions about the new system and want them to stop. I plan on asking questions as long as I want to.]
Remember this though: This new system is not going away. Whether you like it or not, long term, you WILL be judged by how you react to this obstacle.
Character comes from how well you work with adversity. Grow and learn from this experience.
Will you adapt? Will you fight it? Will you quit? It is your call. I will back any decision you make.