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10 Stupid Office Rules That Chase Away Good Employees

Source | | By: Wobb

Stupidity is unfortunately a life-long experience that all of us at some point have to face. It’s understandable that companies need to establish some ground rules to maintain order and productivity. However, they should not cross that boundary where rules confine employee passion or enthusiasm.

Companies should pause to ponder: to whom are rules being directed at? If the new rule you are creating are targeted at those you wish you didn’t hire, well, that rule is most likely a stupid rule. Need more examples?

Here are the top 10 stupid rules that make good people, employees and humans go running.

1. Stupid Attendance Policies

Companies should realise that salaried people are no longer school children. If an employer is unhappy that an employee comes in 20 minutes late but fails to appreciate how the employee works 2 hours overtime, the company probably doesn’t deserve that employee at all.

2. Stupid Approvals For Everything

Bureaucracy can be the death of everyone. If employees need their manager’s written approval just to ask Admin for a new notepad… *rolls eyes*. A company should choose to trust the employees they hired enough for them to make trivial decisions such as this.

3. Stupid Hiring Processes

Ever wondered how someone with less qualifications than you ended up getting a position above yours? Well, this could probably be because the company is screening resumes by means of a keyword search as opposed to sieving through applicants one-by-one. We’re advocates of humanising the hiring process so that the right people are hired for the correct position.

4. Stupid Internet Restrictions

Image Credit: WOBB
Image Credit: WOBB

We’re not saying that blocking NSFW sites at work is wrong. Unfortunately, many companies restrict employees’ Internet activity so unnecessarily that it limits their ability to do their jobs! Classic example? Limiting Youtube to the point that people are unable to learn what they need from that ‘how to use clone-tool in Photoshop’ online tutorial.

5. Stupid Rules On Frequent-flyer Miles

When employees fly for work trips, they have definitely earned their frequent-flyer miles. Travelling is a sacrifice of time and energy, the very least they should get is the miles earned. Companies who do not allow employees to keep their miles points for personal use are only encouraging resentment with every flight.


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