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Some awkward office rules

Feb 06 2019 • Written by Smriti Mishra

~ Smriti Jha


Wear the defined uniform or dress, show up on time, prompt response to emails and calls, take vacations with prior intimation and approval. These are all examples of perfectly reasonable rules and conduct that employees are happy to deal with.



Office rules are good to safeguard the culture and standards of a workplace, and to halt the outlandish behavior of some employees. However, at times employees feel peevish and find some rules stupid to follow. The extent of irritation is that much they start thinking to switch for some other opportunity. Yes, bogus rules welcome higher attrition rate.



What are the 6 most common rules that annoy employees at work?




  1. Time offs and leaves rules


As a grown-up adult, you probably expect and appreciate a certain level of liberty in your professional life.


When you are asking for permission and approval for every small thing, that can be really frustrating. Sometimes employees feel that they cannot resist anymore and think to switch their jobs.



2.Mark your daily presence


Yeah! Office rules bind you with school days memory of attendance. The difference is now only one finger is enough to click and register your attendance. In case you forget, there is again a process you need to follow for confirming your presence as such updates are necessary to get your month-end salary.



  1. Work grooming standards


The workplace does not only welcome your experience and expertise. Employers levy strict rules regarding set office grooming standards. Of course, their purpose is to make sure everyone is looking good, cleanly shaven by maintaining very specific measurements of beard or have good control over your dress color selection for office. This seems rather overbearing at times and employees wait to break the rule.



  1. Sick policy


Although sick leaves policy is evolving at work as per the company’s caliber. Still, asking for a doctor’s consultation proof for even a single day off does not make sense. By maintaining a work-life balance, sometimes you need an unplanned break and off. Also, for some workers, taking a day off means a smaller paycheck, and a visit to the doctor can often cost more than their day’s wage.


Bringing a doctor’s prescription/certificate for minor ailments is indeed crazy.



  1. The early sneak out from office is monitored


Times when you have some urgency or work to be done, you sneak out early. If the management has no strict rules you are safe. But if it’s not, you are a bit scared and choose to walk-out quietly instead of the regular loud goodbyes.



  1. Responding late night emails


Although some companies have strict mails policy that welcomes to disconnect from work emails after or before a certain time. Sadly, the majority of workplaces do not care about the timing and your life after work.



Your response to emails and calls even in late hours is expected. Your manager does not see the clock and fires off emails asking or scrutinizing things late at night even after mail mention ‘no need to respond now.’ Things get worst when you notice your colleagues and co-workers talking about the email exchange that happened while you were fast asleep. You feel completely out of the loop and uninformed.

This makes you awkward and even sparks a mistrust and affects camaraderie at work.






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