Idiotic Office Rules to Eliminate From Your Workplace


As they say, some rules are meant to be broken.

Sometimes, rules place too many limitations on us and make it hard to complete simple tasks. These tasks reduce productivity and, in the workplace, they can be viewed as a detriment instead of a security blanket or guiding light. Next, let’s explore some office rules that you should eliminate from your workplace.

Overbearing attendance rules

This may manifest itself in a number of different ways: not allowing for a lot of sick leave or vacation days, or painstakingly making sure employees are arriving to work at exactly the right time. This might also take the form of strictly enforcing thirty-minute only lunches, or even limiting the number and duration of restroom visits. Gross!

Banning cellphones and Internet access

These rules are borderline insane, and completely impractical in 2015. Cellphones are a main point of contact for many people, and being completely taken away from your cellphone can be very bad. At the very least, let employees keep their phones on them in case they receive an emergency phone call.

In offices with computers, limiting Internet access (or the destinations that employees can go on the Internet) is not only hard to enforce, but also motivation and innovation killing.

Dress codes

Oppressive dress codes can be troublesome for many reasons. Requiring employees to keep a certain style of dress (generally professional-looking) can be expensive for employees who have to purchase sets of clothes that, conceivably, will only be used at work.

Additionally, dress codes might hurt your employees’ productivity by forcing them to wear clothes they are not comfortable in, which can bruise their self esteem. Lastly, dress codes can be a problem to enforce. What will you do if an employee comes to work in something that doesn’t meet your dress code standards? Provide them with an alternative uniform? Send them home to change?

It would be much simpler to simply remove dress codes altogether.


About DevonJ140
I am currently an Accounting Director living in New York City. I love reading and learning more about business, finance, tech, and current events.

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