There is a fine line between going with the work flow and being part of the problem rather than solution within the workplace.
At one time or another most of us have experienced the thought of “I’ll just do it so the boss will be happy.” We do it knowing without a doubt that there is a better way. There is also often a propensity to be passive when it comes to workplace morale issues, as in poor morale. We say “there is nothing I can do about it” or “it won’t change anything if I speak up.”
Being passive makes you part of the problem. It helps perpetuate the negative cycle. This isn’t to say you should go get in the boss’s face and point out flaws in her/him or the system. It is to say that there is a constructive way you can address the issues. There is opportunity to be a leader. There is an opportunity to be a change agent. There is an opportunity to increase productivity, boost morale, etc.
Is it easier to sit by and just collect a paycheck? Yep. But it isn’t more rewarding.