Categories: Interesting, Unexpected
Tags: jobs, malicious compliance, reddit, work, working

Source: Reddit/AITA/@thanos_is_the_victim

By the book, huh?

Okay, if you insist!

If you’ve ever been micromanaged at a job before, you know how frustrating it can be…and you know that eventually, you just have to let it all go and do what the bosses say, even though you know they’re wrong.

And this person really nailed it!

Take a look at how they handled a pretty annoying work situation.

You Want It Done By The Book? You Got It!

“I work as a software engineer in a mid-sized tech company.

This guy is a stickler…

My boss, let’s call him John, is known for his strict adherence to company policies and procedures, often to the point of absurdity. He insists that every single task, no matter how small or insignificant, must be documented and approved before we can start working on it.

One day, John assigned me a task that was relatively simple – updating the color scheme of our app.

Normally, this would take me about an hour to complete. However, John insisted that I follow the company’s full software development process for this task.

This meant I had to write a proposal, get it approved by several departments, write test cases, conduct testing, get approval from the quality assurance team, and finally deploy the changes.

Let’s see how this goes…

Seeing an opportunity for some malicious compliance, I decided to do exactly as John asked.

I spent two days writing a detailed proposal for the color scheme update.

I then sent it off to the various departments for approval, which took another three days.

Writing the test cases and conducting the testing took another two days.

Finally, getting approval from the quality assurance team and deploying the changes took another three days.


In total, a task that should have taken an hour ended up taking almost two weeks because of John’s insistence on following company procedures to the letter.

When John asked why it took so long, I simply told him that I was following his instructions and doing everything by the book.

From that day forward, John became a bit more flexible with how strictly we needed to adhere to company procedures for minor tasks.”

Here’s what people had to say about this.

One person talked about how all of this works…

Source: Reddit/AITA

Another individual talked about the reality of it all…

Source: Reddit/AITA

One Reddit user shared their thoughts.

Source: Reddit/AITA

One reader thinks they were both wrong.

Source: Reddit/AITA

They said by the book!

Well, that’s what they got!