June 1, 2018

Stupid Rules in the Workplace

We all spend the majority of our day at the workplace, as we daily spend between 8 to 10 hours at the office. A long time that would pass with much difficulty if we are frustrated and upset.

Sometimes, our frustration emanates from the work load, other times from colleagues and managers, while some of the rules set by the management are a third cause of frustration in the workplace.

What are the main rules that employees often consider as “stupid” and usually make them frustrated?


1. Wasting time in bureaucratic work and reports: Forcing the employees to present comprehensive and detailed reports even though a brief description would do the job.

2. Refusing technology and sticking to old methods and preventing employees from using updated tools that would make their lives easier.

3. Prohibiting employees from using their personal electronic devices: Not being able to bring smartphones, personal laptops and tablets to work is a particularly punitive policy that annoys a lot of employees.

4. Pressuring employees to participate in charity works. Such situations put the employees in a critical position; they found themselves embarrassed and forced to donate to charity even if this cause isn’t of interest to them or if their financial situation is critical.

5. Calling employees when they are on vacation. Many employers disregard the vacation of the employees and expect to be available round the clock and regardless of their vacation.

6. Holding regular endless meetings. Nothing is worse than being forced to assist to a long meeting when you have endless tasks required and limited deadline; this is really frustrating.

After viewing some of the main causes that result in employees’ frustration, let us have a look at some of the main characteristics of an ideal workplace:

1. Sharing a clear and stated purpose: The company should share with its employees its mission and purpose.

2. Sponsoring individuality and teamwork: A great organization stresses teamwork while still encouraging individual achievement and creativity.

3. Allowing autonomy: Great businesses permit their workers a great deal of autonomy regarding how they perform specific job tasks.

4. Sense of fairness: The best organization is one that treats every employee fairly. Thus enforcing the rules in the same manner for all workers.

5. Innovation: Innovation allows the employee to stay one step ahead of the competition and prevent product or service stagnation.

6. Open communication: Having an atmosphere of open communication strengthens the company’s success. When employees communicate with each other and with the management, you gain valuable insights regarding the work atmosphere.

7. Constructive feedback: Supervisors in a great workplace offer frequent and constructive feedback to employees. The purpose of the feedback is to help employees identify and understand areas of needed improvement as opposed to chastising them for mistakes.

8. Access to resources: Workers in a top organization have easy access to the resources they need to complete their tasks.

Are there any outdated rules, policies or processes that need to be changed in your company? Don’t hesitate to consider them now and discuss them with your team to make some beneficial changes with the coming year!






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