Baking tends to be more precise than cooking. With baking, many times the ingredients may or may not make sense, but they are required to create a “chemical reaction”. In addition, the order they are added is also critical.
Hmm. Sounds like the workplace—you have the way things are supposed to be (policies), but they may be out of date, and the environment has changed. And no matter what you do, things just don’t turn out the way you thought they would. Perhaps it is time to call an experienced baker, I mean HR.