So I work in a small IT company where I am working on a small group project with two other coworkers. Based on what is expected from the manager, we frame our deliverables and divide the work amongst ourselves.
Now where the problem comes into the picture is that the other two coworkers like to overcomplicate some of the straightforward stuff to an extent just to make themselves look knowledgeable, going above and beyond etc.(n- number of other reasons that have got to do with ego). They also tend to ignore/refute my reasoning to a point where it looks condescending. I can surely step up and raise my voice but seeing as the result would be more along the lines of strained relations with the coworkers, I generally choose to be accommodating with them but it gets tough at times.
I understand it's good that folks like to go above and beyond, but I really like to stick with what I have been asked to do. I also get that some individuals seek validation of what they know, but in the process, they tend to hurt others around them (unintentionally). I am all for going the extra mile, but it serves me nothing if it starts to affect other aspects of life, especially if you are working in IT.
So essentially, what I am asking is :
If you were a manager looking at the work contributions, would you judge me negatively?
Should I play catch up with the other two coworkers to make myself appear as an equal contributor? (All of that, even if it starts to affect other aspects of my life)
From an employee's perspective, what do you think is a healthy mindset in this situation?