Identify solutions or think about getting a new job
How many people do you know at work you say that they only want to “play the devil’s advocate”. That is one entity that does not need one. Identifying problems is never good enough at work. You need to think about identifying solutions.
Why? It today’s educated and critical thinking work environment there are many other people besides you who can think of problems associated with their department, project, the company in general, etc. You name it and there are issues galore. We wade in issues – and you want to add to them? If the issues you are thinking of add no significant value then don’t mention them. You can always add them later if need be.
Now look around the workplace and recognize the people you quietly work on solutions that they share freely with their teams and managers. I bet you that the ones who work on finding solutions unasked, on their own time, and schedule will have made significant progress in getting more responsibilities and also authority.
That is how it’s done folks. Make sure that the problem you find comes along with a solution that you can show to your folks at work. If you do this consistently you will get recognition and overall will be much happier and fulfilled in your career. Should you continue to be frustrated because your boss does not do anything about your self-directed work style ponder if you should not (I’d say must) change department of even the company.
Focus on solutions and remember that there is no need for yet another devil’s advocate.