Rules That Don’t Help

It’s one thing to have workplace rules that improve productivity, it’s another thing to put rules in place that annoy people without providing any real benefit. Travis Bradbury points out “8 Stupid Workplace Rules That Make Everyone Miserable”, and having personally experienced #1, 3, 4, and 6 (and sort of #8, but I was in the military so that one made more sense), I can attest that these reduce engagement without adding much to performance.

1. Bell curves and forced rankings of performance

2. Ridiculous requirements for attendance, leave, and time off

3. Restricting Internet use

4. Banning mobile phones

5. Draconian e-mail policies

6. Stealing employees’ frequent-flyer miles

7. Pathetic attempts at political correctness

8. Shutting down self-expression (personal items and dress code)

What do you think? Are these valid? Would you add others to the list? Check out the article and see what you think.

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