I really enjoyed reading the following article today.
9 Idiotic Office Rules That Drive Everyone Insane
by Dr. Travis Bradberry
posted on Linkedin.com
Jul 8, 2015
(This is his introduction before making comments under each of 9 headings.)
Companies need to have rules—that’s a given—but they don’t have to be shortsighted and lazy attempts at creating order.
I understand the temptation. As my company has grown, so has our difficulty maintaining standards. There have been many instances where someone crossed a line, and we were tempted to respond with a new rule that applied to everyone.
But that’s where most companies blow it.
In just about every instance, upon closer inspection, we realized that establishing a new rule would be a passive and morale-killing way to address the problem. The vast majority of the time, the problem needs to be handled one-on-one by the employee’s manager.
When companies create ridiculous and demoralizing rules to halt the outlandish behavior of a few individuals, it’s a management problem. There’s no sense in alienating your entire workforce because you don’t know how to manage performance. It makes a bad situation that much worse.
If you go to the link above, you can read his comments under each of the following headings:
1. Restricting Internet Use
2. Ridiculous Requirements for Attendance, Leave, and Time Off
3. Draconian E-mail Policies
4. Limiting Bathroom Breaks
5. Stealing Employees’ Frequent-flyer Miles
6. Pathetic Attempts at Political Correctness
7. Bell Curves and Forced Rankings of Performance
8. Banning Mobile Phones
9. Shutting Down Self-Expression (Personal Items and Dress Code)