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5 stupid workplace rules employers should eliminate


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5 stupid workplace rules employers should eliminate

The workplace needs rules and boundaries; without some basic do’s and don’ts for all professionals to follow, people start to lose perspective.

No one wants to see Joe Bloggs totalling up the company accounts in his pants, or Sally Brown fast asleep at her desk whilst a major project is due. And studies have found that we, as workers, crave rules and guidance.

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Comments (1)

  • Steven
    Mon, 9 Dec 2019 9:16am GMT
    The image at the top of the webpage reminded me of a rule I encountered at a previous broadcast employer's fancy new building, where waste paper bins were strictly forbidden in the desk areas. The only waste (and recycling) bins allowed were in the central "blocks" of each open-plan floor, where the kitchen and photocopier facilites were located, and anyone found with a bin next to their desks would have said bin immediately removed and a stern telling off from HR to boot. The stated idea was that by forcing everyone to take their rubbish to the central area, they would interact with other staff and this would somehow increase collaborations and hence add value to the enterprise.

    Needless to say, this idea had been dreamt up by the highly-paid consultants that had designed the building in the first place with little regard to the technical practicalities of broadcasting, insisted that all desks were hot-desks, even the ones in the engineering areas, had utterly failed to consider how we engineers were supposed to repair things (soldering in an open-plan office, anyone?), and the idea that by forcing technical and creative staff into the same dozen sqare feet of space once in a while would have any effect on the output of a major broadcaster was just plain silly. But they got paid a huge amount of money regardless, so what would they care if it worked or not?

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