Some stupid office rulesSometimes the best employees leave because they don't want to follow stupid rules.
Faced with a culture based on hard rules, the most talented and hardworking employees go first, because the demand for them is high.
As a result, in the company are people who do their job at a satisfactory level and compromise his principles just to get the money. A company with mediocre employees could not be considered good.Simple principle, which will allow you to hire and keep the best people: stop trying to create stupid rules.
How to find that rule stupid? Ask yourself, who needs it? If it is intended for people you would not want to hire, it probably is stupid.
A few examples:1. Stupid recruitment rules
Imagine that you are a good potential employee who wants to work in your company. You made a perfect resume and write a meaningful cover letter, sent IHI hit the "black hole"
. You have applied but not yet received offers (or failure). It's not just silly. This is inhuman. Is it really impossible to organize the process so that applicants will feel of human contact? Do not hire people based on what they say and how they behave, rather than relying on a keyword search?Humanize the process, and you will attract talent!2. Stupid rules for the assessment of productivity and the creation of ratings
to be Honest, all these tests is a waste of time. Talented people rarely fit into the bureaucratic framework, and their work cannot be judged on a scale. Analysis of productivity does not allow to draw valuable conclusions. It's just an annual ritual, which everyone is afraid. The ratings are even worse. Attempt to compare employees to each other — this is probably the most stupid idea of those that I have met over the years of counseling. Who will appreciate a company that does this to people? Why have these "hunger games"? After them who will trust his colleagues? What do you hope to get out of this? Gifted and talented need to support, appreciate their uniqueness, and not to compare on non-binding standards with others.
If you do not believe those who work for you, why you hired them? If you don't believe that your managers can hire good people, why would you trust them with the leadership? Clear annual tests and ratings. Allow people to Express themselves, stay motivated and creative. Encourage high goals and standards. Trust them and get rid of those who do not justify your trust.3. Stupid rules regulating attendance
In most cases, smart people do not need rules, forcing them to come to the office. They know that they have a job that needs to be completed in time.
They can identify situations which require their personal presence, and able to effectively work from home, communicating with colleagues by phone, if necessary. Those who need a rigid framework, and certainly do not meet other requirements.4. Silly rules requiring it to coordinate with the leadership,
Imagine that someone is controlling your personal life, forcing you to ask permission for any action — for example, a purchase. In this case, you are unlikely to do something useful! Do you want to have talented staff spent time getting permission from the leadership? Of course, running a major project or a new process is necessary, but otherwise such demands are absurd. They slow down, increase costs and make people feel like you do not trust them.5. Stupid rules regarding leaves of absence and vacations
If a good employee feels bad, why pull him out of bed and get to go to the doctor to get help? Sick people should stay home and rest, returning to office only after recovery (one that does not infect). If the employee is recovering from a serious illness, ask him to work for half a day. Similarly, if a person takes time to resolving personal issues, don't force him to lie.Be respectful of those you hired.They surely know how to manage their time and perform their duties.
Let them take time off without asking any questions. Do not demand help and other supporting documents. Otherwise, people will understand that you don't trust them.6. Stupid rules for obtaining bonus miles
business Trip is not easy. People have to leave those dear to them, to fly to who knows where and living in strange hotels. Security at the airports like to arrange inspection, flights are postponed and delayed for many hours. It is unlikely someone like that. That is why the bonus miles should belong to people, not companies. Giving miles, you reward the employee, but they spend nothing. Policy, taking away the bonus miles, not only stupid, but unfair.7. Stupid rules for the organization of feedback
I've worked with companies who firmly believed in the power of surveys to measure employee engagement. In my opinion, is complete nonsense. If you want to know how things work, walk around the office and see for yourself. Engage them, ask about specific cases. The results of a quick online poll means nothing. You need an honest and open dialogue about what is good and what is bad. If dialogue is impossible, obviously you are having trouble communicating, and they reduce the level of involvement in the work process. Find the root of the problem and talk to people from the heart. If you give them a chance, they are sure they will tell you what's going wrong, without any surveys. 8. Stupid rules for the use of mobile phones
by Forbidding people to use the phones for personal purposes, you again demonstrate a lack of trust. Mobile phones designed for fast communication. So why not let smart people make smart decisions?9. Stupid rules Internet usage
Rules that limit the use of Internet, surpass in folly all the other rules. In companies where there are such restrictions, they violate everything, including those who invented them. A reasonable time limit or to the type of visited sites is one thing, but a complete ban on access to information — is frankly stupid.10. Stupid rules about trial periods
In many companies, there are still rules that do not allow or promote the employee during the first six months of operation. Maybe once this rule worked, and he put up even representatives of the generation of baby boomers, but times have changed. If someone wants to get around this stupid rule, he will pass or will go in search of new opportunities.
In the end, if he doesn't like the rules, then based on their culture, it also will not fit. published
@ Lolly Daskal, translation Airapetov Olga
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