Rules aren’t meant to be broken, but bent dramatically to the point that they splinter. Unfortunately taking this mantra a step too far can lead to swift unemployment and the embarrassment of having to pack up your belongings in front of your co-workers.
Workplace rules are there for a reason, they separate us from the animals. But sometimes they are just a little too ridiculous to obey.
But you’ve got to feel for the higher-ups. The rules are sent down to keep efficiency up and chaos from ensuing. As a society we’re striving to create more progressive office spaces and environments and what was previously considered ‘outlandish’ behaviour (see: no ‘illegal’ bears and fluorescent footwear).
The good people of CashnetUSA have created this great infographic that details the ‘six workplace rules that drive everyone crazy’ – some of which will affect you, some of which you won’t have to deal with. If every single of these laws is enforced in your workplace, you should be a little bit worried.
Happy employees are productive employees so by limiting their abilities to express themselves outside of the parameters of their daily task might come back to bite you if you’re an employer.
Here are three workplace rules and why they should be broken!
1. Banned phones
This is quite a rare occurrence since everybody lives on their little black rectangles but in an effect to protect data, many companies still ban personal movie phones in the office leaving employees strung out and cut off from the world. Allowing workers to be reachable means that workers can deal with their outside lives simultaneously.
2. Impersonal workspaces
Fair enough, your desk shouldn’t look like a memorabilia cabinet but placing restrictions on the number of photos and rearrangement flexibility creates discomfort which leads to a negative association with the office.
Punctuality is what turns good businesses great, however, workers have lives outside the office. If working outside contracted hours is totally fine, arriving a little bit late or cutting out a little bit early shouldn’t be grounds for discipline.