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Posted 19 September 2017 - 10:56 AM

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Ridiculous office rules revealed

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LAURA FRANSEN
 
Sep 18, 2017
 

Source: http://www.asiaone.c...-rules-revealed

 

Does your company have any silly or unnecessary rules in place? While management will probably say no - after all, all rules are implemented for a reason - employees may feel differently.

In a recent workplace study, 36.8 per cent of respondents said their workplace has "ridiculous" rules. The survey by UK job site CV-Library asked 1,000 UK workers whether their employer had any silly or unnecessary rules in place.

If the fact that over a third of employees think their company has stupid rules doesn't motivate you to review your policies, perhaps this will: 22.5 per cent said that workplaces with ridiculous rules can't be trusted.

When it comes to the ridiculous rules in question, according to the survey results they broadly fall into five categories:

 
  • Bathroom breaks: Respondents reported they either had a strict time frame in which to go to the toilet (3 minutes), had to ask before using the toilet facilities, or were even searched before going to the toilet.
  • Dress code: Some respondents reported they had to wear particular coloured clothes to match the business, and women weren't allowed to wear trousers. One individual even said that they were sent home for not dressing down.
  • Talking: Some employees stated that they weren't allowed to talk out loud outside of the staff room, while others said that they weren't allowed to say "hello" to a customer, only "good morning", or "good afternoon".
  • Time keeping: One company deducts 15 minutes worth of pay if an employee is 2 minutes late. Another won't allow staff to travel further than 20 metres away from the building during lunch in case they're back late.
  • Drinks: Some workplaces won't allow their staff to drink water and another will not let workers carry drinks up and down the stairs. One company won't let employees have drinks on their desk in case they get spilt.

Commenting on the results, Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: "Every workplace needs rules: otherwise you'd simply never get things done! That said it's clear that many of the rules highlighted in our research are just ridiculous."

He added: "Employees want to feel trusted and while one workplace can differ massively to another, you have to treat your staff like adults - especially when it comes to being allowed to drink water and going to the toilet!"

A final finding from the survey provides another reason for ensuring any office rule makes sense to staff. Over half of respondents (57.2 per cent) said that if they feel a rule is silly, they'll simply disobey it.


My company also quite kecoh one. Quite stringent on dress code and such. 


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 11:02 AM

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my ex company has a dress code......which only applies to men. dress code set by hr manager, who is a lady. men in management level must wear shirt or polo wif pants fm mon-thur. on fri can wear polo with jeans. not tee shirts. normal level men can wear polo with jeans everyday.

 

but the ladies, no dress code. can see them wearing clothes as if they r going to mama shop at void deck on fri. simply ridiculous.


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 11:07 AM

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My dress code for ladies very simple - mini skirts. No skirts over the knee :D


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 11:15 AM

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I had 2 ex-colleagues in my first job almost 10 years ago, both of them worked in that company for more than 10 years when I joined.

 

Then the company had a restructure done last year and in came an AMDL

 

She set such stupid and ridiculous rules that my 2 ex-colleagues both quit within 3 months of the AMDL's arrival.

 

Some ridiculous things I heard include, but not limited to:

 

1. Cannot talk loudly in office

2. Cannot use other languages except for English

3. Cannot laugh in office

 

So the saying which I now firmly believe is true:

 

People stay in companies because of their direct bosses, and not the company itself.


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 11:16 AM

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Office rules not easy to administrate de. If have too many rules, people would find it ridiculous, but if no rules people might treat the office like their own house.  [rolleyes]


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 11:34 AM

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I used to have a set of speakers in office
Those creative 4.1 one
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So I brought it home and put inside my toilet false ceiling, use Bluetooth receiver to play music in toilet :grin:
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 11:47 AM

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my ex company has a dress code......which only applies to men. dress code set by hr manager, who is a lady. men in management level must wear shirt or polo wif pants fm mon-thur. on fri can wear polo with jeans. not tee shirts. normal level men can wear polo with jeans everyday.

 

but the ladies, no dress code. can see them wearing clothes as if they r going to mama shop at void deck on fri. simply ridiculous.

 

Your HR manager bigger than all the other managers in mgmt level ah?


I had 2 ex-colleagues in my first job almost 10 years ago, both of them worked in that company for more than 10 years when I joined.

 

Then the company had a restructure done last year and in came an AMDL

 

She set such stupid and ridiculous rules that my 2 ex-colleagues both quit within 3 months of the AMDL's arrival.

 

Some ridiculous things I heard include, but not limited to:

 

1. Cannot talk loudly in office

2. Cannot use other languages except for English

3. Cannot laugh in office

 

So the saying which I now firmly believe is true:

 

People stay in companies because of their direct bosses, and not the company itself.

 

If break these rules how?


Ridiculous office rules revealed

 

  • Bathroom breaks: Respondents reported they either had a strict time frame in which to go to the toilet (3 minutes), had to ask before using the toilet facilities, or were even searched before going to the toilet.
  • Dress code: Some respondents reported they had to wear particular coloured clothes to match the business, and women weren't allowed to wear trousers. One individual even said that they were sent home for not dressing down.
  • Talking: Some employees stated that they weren't allowed to talk out loud outside of the staff room, while others said that they weren't allowed to say "hello" to a customer, only "good morning", or "good afternoon".
  • Time keeping: One company deducts 15 minutes worth of pay if an employee is 2 minutes late. Another won't allow staff to travel further than 20 metres away from the building during lunch in case they're back late.
  • Drinks: Some workplaces won't allow their staff to drink water and another will not let workers carry drinks up and down the stairs. One company won't let employees have drinks on their desk in case they get spilt.

 

 

The rules highlighted in red are quite reasonable leh.

 

The others could be reasonable as well depending on the company and its requirements.


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 11:59 AM

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Basic guidelines are necessary and logical. If your staff need to be bound by rules, then it is. a failure from top down. 

 

When I walk in to an office and everyone is looking down as if they ere so busy, that organization is in trouble. 


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Your HR manager bigger than all the other managers in mgmt level ah?


 

If break these rules how?


 

The rules highlighted in red are quite reasonable leh.

 

The others could be reasonable as well depending on the company and its requirements.

we hv ops GM n ops director. but somehow, the director always listens to this HR lady. damn tulan. don understand y the ops GM nvr intervene. 


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 12:04 PM

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People laugh at me say I Kiang loh hold, mai geh Kiang, laugh at me :(
Knn now boss also cannot see, bring 2 kong size monitor put in office somemore for Monitor arm, they say whoa! Boss! You so high tech ah! I also want to learn from you
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 12:06 PM

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we hv ops GM n ops director. but somehow, the director always listens to this HR lady. damn tulan. don understand y the ops GM nvr intervene. 

In some organizations, whoever speaks louder wins. those that need to protect their rice bowl tends to keep a low profile thus loose out. but my experiences tell me. the loud ones will not last but no issue, they got what they want and move on to find another opportunity. real loosers are the organization 



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In some organizations, whoever speaks louder wins. those that need to protect their rice bowl tends to keep a low profile thus loose out. but my experiences tell me. the loud ones will not last but no issue, they got what they want and move on to find another opportunity. real loosers are the organization

Last time army got one new guy come in
Quite strong one
Can do work
We call him bang bang chai
Because he talk very loud, very tua kang
Many were swayed by his bangs
But soon everyone realize these are just bangs
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I used to have a set of speakers in office
Those creative 4.1 one
Kena banned
So I brought it home and put inside my toilet false ceiling, use Bluetooth receiver to play music in toilet :grin:
Now I use headphone

I have a pair of Cambridge speakers with sub-woofer on my work station. Go back work during Singapore holidays 'cos hubbing for oversea branches.

Spend some time watch movies, especially 007 ones. Shiok man! What funny rules? Where?

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I have a pair of Cambridge speakers with sub-woofer on my work station. Go back work during Singapore holidays 'cos hubbing for oversea branches.

Spend some time watch movies, especially 007 ones. Shiok man! What funny rules? Where?

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dont you guys notice bosses love to listen to FM 95? If you can sell them the 'emperor new clothes' story, it would be a success. even after they realized they kanna con, also cannot tell the world mah



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My dress code for ladies very simple - mini skirts. No skirts over the knee :D

Plus min. Heels of at least 4"... n no VPL pls..
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Plus min. Heels of at least 4"... n no VPL pls..


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Plus min. Heels of at least 4"... n no VPL pls..

 

No VPL is too strict.

 

I would add no underwear.

 

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I had 2 ex-colleagues in my first job almost 10 years ago, both of them worked in that company for more than 10 years when I joined.

 

Then the company had a restructure done last year and in came an AMDL

 

She set such stupid and ridiculous rules that my 2 ex-colleagues both quit within 3 months of the AMDL's arrival.

 

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1. Cannot talk loudly in office

2. Cannot use other languages except for English

3. Cannot laugh in office

 

So the saying which I now firmly believe is true:

 

People stay in companies because of their direct bosses, and not the company itself.

It is true that people stay in companies because of the bosses. If their boss allow them to talk loudly, laugh loudly and treat the office like their own house, confirmed these people would retire in the company. I have also worked in such company before, those people who have worked in the company for over 10 years, think they are very senior in the company, and people dont dare to offend them and even boss also like scare them, and there talked, laughed and joked loudly in the office as if there are no other people around. And nobody dare to tell them off. 


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It is true that people stay in companies because of the bosses. If their boss allow them to talk loudly, laugh loudly and treat the office like their own house, confirmed these people would retire in the company. I have also worked in such company before, those people who have worked in the company for over 10 years, think they are very senior in the company, and people dont dare to offend them and even boss also like scare them, and there talked, laughed and joked loudly in the office as if there are no other people around. And nobody dare to tell them off. 

At least 20% of my colleagues work for more than 20 years and 15% work for more than 10 years because my company here has no special rules.  LOL.   Some of the female staff wear shorts and slippers to work - I find it very unprofessional.  Surprisingly, the male staff are more welly dressed - in polo and jeans or polo and pants.  So far none of the guy wear slippers or bermuda to work.

 

The only rules they imposed is that no surfing of net during office hours.


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