When faced with this kind of pointless and harmful routine, one might suggest not doing it any more or replacing it with some other, more useful procedure. This does not succeed, of course, but that is not the point. The reasons you get back are the interesting thing, because they will tell you what kind of manager and coworkers you are dealing with. Here are some possible options, can you think of more?
I can think of another…
The Sock Puppet of the Auditor
“We hired auditors at great expense of time and money, and we’re going to do what they told us that ‘all’ companies do, no matter how inappropriate it is for us and our particular workflows.”