Much like how old (and good) Need For Speed games such as Underground, Underground 2, Most Wanted and to an extent Carbon and Undercover seemed to be related, story-wise, I figured I’d try the same, at least for these 2 posts.
Last time around, I told you about the baffling “silent mornings” rule a friend of mine has to endure. In short, there is a set period of time during the day when people have to whisper to one another instead of speaking at a normal volume, all for the end-goal of increasing productivity.
I figured that this time around I should discuss about 5 stupid rules, excluding the one above, that make an employee’s life that more annoying in a company/corporation. The rules are biased towards my annoyance to them, if you have any other silly rules that annoy you, feel free to comment below.
1. Internet restrictions
This one is hilarious, especially if you’re a programmer. While programming sites were not restricted at the company I worked for that enforced this rule, other sites such as social media ones and entertainment ones (you know, YouTube) were restricted. This forced people into having to find the will to continuously work without so much as a glimmer of hope for a break.
Internet restrictions in this day and age are so bafflingly stupid I don’t even know where to start. Suffice it to say that most people use YouTube as a way of listening to music or podcasts while working, so as to avoid the chit chat around them in order to focus. Also, breaks are fine, managers, NO ONE can work 60 minutes an hour, 8 hours a day, not if they want to keep their mental health at an acceptable level.
2. Dress code
Where I’m from summers tend to get really hot. And I mean 37 degrees to 40+ degrees Celsius hot. So forcing someone to come dressed in long pants during such times is a freaking atrocity and insult to…just about everything. Add that to the fact that most people have to endure a subway ride or local transport ride to work and you have a very…not nice image of what dress codes may lead to.
3. Time off rules
Why must there be rules about having to have at least X people in the office from a department at a given time? This is especially annoying when there are Bank holidays that link up well with the weekends if you take an extra day off, e.g. Bank holidays on Thursdays or Tuesdays. But no, some people have to draw the short straw and be at the office those days because of these rules. If you’re not working in a hospital or in some place where 24H maintenance is a must, these rules are stupid…period. Sure, emergencies can happen, but with a bit of preparation beforehand, the number of critical situations can be drastically reduced.
4. Attendance and participation rules
I really hate companies that give you that weird look when you say you are not interested in participating at a certain event, be it a team-building, an office party or whatever. This gets even more annoying when you are selected to be the organiser of said events, because of some stupid rule that says: “everybody should take turns in organising these events”. FFS people, you hire a person to do a certain job, stop shoving down other annoying tasks that have NOTHING to do with his/her job down his/her throat. It’s annoying and a really s****y thing to do to an employee, especially since most of the time it’s volunteer work, meaning there is no pay at the end of it. Volunteering usually comes from the employee, it is not something to shove down one’s throat.
5. Any and all communication restrictions
Sure, this group includes the “silent mornings” rule mentioned, but other brilliant examples are mobile phone restrictions, IM app restrictions (e.g. when you can’t use Skype or other apps to communicate with friends and family), social media restrictions (you know, Facebook) and so on.
So, what of the dangers of these rules? Well, it’s a simple answer. Each and every job description says the company is looking for professionals. The logical result of this is that each and every company is comprised of professionals. And professionals KNOW what to do and don’t have to be treated like children. We’re talking about adults here, people that have went through school, who know how to behave and who know that in order to be paid, they have to work. And sure, there are companies where there seems to be a lack of professionals, but that’s the management’s fault, no one else’s. So if you’re hiring professionals, just let them do their job without restricting them.
A decent amount of rules is good. But for the love of logic, if you see someone misbehaving, do NOT punish the whole company because of him/her. Just talk to the person and tell him/her to start abiding by said rules. Punishing everyone for the actions of a single person is a surefire way to make people want to leave your “best company in the world” for the next “best company in the world”.