This is one of the most infuriating phrases I encounter. So I thought dissecting its various meanings would be of value.
(1) Genuine. You are attempting to assign me work that is not my responsibility. I can direct you to the person whose responsibility it is. That’s not my job. Solution: Make them go talk to that other person.
(2) Overwhelmed. They are attempting to have me (one person) do the job of two or more people. When there are layoffs, remaining employees have to pick up other work. Job descriptions can be quite bizarre: do everything from managerial to entry-level work, years of experience in over a dozen fields or specialized programs, etc. Aren’t you supposed to hire adaptable employees, not the ones who just left+ (who burnt out?)? That’s not my job. Solution: Hire more that one person, one person with a freelance budget, or one person who you’ll train on gaps in their knowledge.
(3) Change. I was hired with a specific job description. I’m now doing something completely different. Shouldn’t you have hired for something else? Priorities change or leaders should have had a clearer vision of what was needed. That’s not my job. Solution: Adapt to the job or redefine it.
(4) Resistance. You expect me to learn something new? Isn’t that someone else’s job? That’s not my job. Resisters tend to say “That’s your job.” Solution: It is your job, stop denying it.
Guess where new technology comes in. When something new is adopted in one department, could it be adapted and adopted by another? Is new technology the responsibility of one person or an entire organization? Is it something that should be ignored or outsourced? How do you think people in publishing are handling their jobs?