I often receive vague instructions from my manager on tasks and I know the product I produce will be insufficient. Therefore I've tried either or in combination:
- Spending long hours trying to independently conceptualize the task and understand what the requirement is. Regularly working 20-30 hours more a week than other associates, with no success.
- Asking for help from the other associates. However, if my manager finds out I'm told: "why are you asking them, I assigned you the task?".
- Holding ground with my manager and explaining, I don't understand your ask and I need more help otherwise the outcome will be insufficient. Which the response is "you don't seem to have a desire to think independently to solve the problem"
I'd be appreciative of any advice. I've extremely thankful for my role and the opportunity but I regularly feel like a failure with no hope.