Workplace Rules: Add Fun by Keeping it Simple!

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1. The Workplace Rules!

Google’s dress code for its 17,000 employees is:
“You must wear clothes.”

Nordstrom’s employee handbook includes the following: “Rule #1:
Use your good judgment in all situations. There will be no
additional rules.”

Contrast Google’s dress code with some large companies that
feature a handy-dandy, FIVE-page dress code of rules and
regulations. If you knew nothing else about the companies, which
would you rather work for? Which organization sound more fun to
work for – the one that treat their employees like children,
or like adults? (This was a rhetorical question, but feel free to
shout out the answer.)

There’s a lot to be said for keeping things simple. If you want
a more respectful (and more fun!) workplace, then review your
workplace rules with an eye to keeping them short and sweet!
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Create a wacky set of workplace rules – one that encourages folks
to have a little fun and sends the message that your workplace
doesn’t take things too seriously. If you’re really keen, you
could even create a humorous employee handbook for new employees
that features fun, offbeat rules. For example: Rule #6: Never
enter Jane’s office without bringing chocolate. Especially on a
Monday morning. Rule #9: The person who drinks the last cup of
coffee without remaking a fresh pot will be required to sing a
medley of Celine Dion songs. Rule #11: Every Third Thursday
all employees must wear, or at least pretend to wear, purple
underwear.
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3. Quote of the Week

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun!”
– Katherine Hepburn
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

Serbia’s Ministry of Health doesn’t sound like the healthiest
place to work, at least not since they’ve gone a little rule-
crazy. They have announced a ban on the following: gossiping,
accepting bribes or gifts, criticizing their hospital or
superiors, wearing miniskirts and (my personal favorite) being
grumpy! Now why haven’t we thought of this before? Simply
outlawing grumpiness in the workplace? Or, for that matter, why
not make it a criminal offence? Imagine how happier the world
would be if we just rounded up all the grouches . . .

Happy Hump Day. Remember, when all else fails, humor RULES!
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008. mike@mikekerr.com www.mikekerr.com

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