Asking questions at work doesn’t make you stupid; not asking questions, then doing your job poorly, certainly will. Here’s a great quote from a recent NYT piece, “Research shows that question-asking peaks at age 4 or 5, as children pass through school (where answers are often more valued than questions) … By the time we’re in the workplace, many of us have gotten out of the habit of asking fundamental questions about what’s going on around us.”
To all you recent grads, don’t be this way. Ask why your employer does things the way they do. Who knows, you might just contribute to a whole new way of doing things.