I'm a data analyst at my company.
I'm currently roped into an analytics task where I'm setting the criteria for other employees to receive quarterly bonuses.
I have two key objections to my involvement.
1) I don't work in HR. I'm in business analytics. The fact that I can see all of these other employees' salaries and benefits packages really bothers me. I don't think I should have access to it at all, and I feel uncomfortable judging the value of these employees to the business without being able to evaluate their work directly.
2) The executive's process for assigning bonus acquisition is pretty scummy. Q4 2016 was pretty productive, so more people hit bonus targets than they'd like (47% vs. their desired 33%). They want me to fudge the criteria going forward so that bonus attainment will be less and they can hoard more cash like dragons.
As an analyst, that last part really sticks in my craw. It goes against the discipline to fudge data to fit the desired conclusion rather than let the performance of hard-working professionals speak for itself. The employees shouldn't be punished for being productive by raising the ceiling even higher so that 2 year employees are expected to produce at the level of 10+ year employees.
I'm grudgingly moving forward on the task, but I'm not sure how hard I should push back on my objections. I've made it known that I don't feel comfortable having this degree of access to employee information, but I've kept my judgement about the goalpost-moving to myself.
Am I right in thinking that I shouldn't have access to other employees' financial information?
How can I frame my objection to the goalpost-moving in a way that sounds less judgmental of my superiors?
Ultimately, I don't expect the executive to follow the guidance of an analyst, but I feel like I need to raise a formal objection to my unwilling participation in this task.
EDIT: At no point (at my job or in the question) have I indicated that I won't do it, or that me not liking it precludes me from having to complete a task that I'm assigned. Obviously, I'll do it, and to the same quality that I perform any job task. I feel that subjective evaluation of fully objective performance measure to be a morally objectionable tactic, particularly when revenue is soaring.