“At my old job, HR held a meeting to tell us that there was too much swearing on the sales floor. Someone raised their hand and pointed out that swearing is very common in our industry and that is the way that our customers speak. HR later sent out a memo explaining that swearing should be limited to conversations with clients. It was amazing.” - redemption_songs
“I used to work at a place in which my boss implemented a no more than 2 glasses a day water policy. I ignored this rule and complained directly to our CEO and the matter ended later that day. What was weird though was the majority of people actually followed the rule and some even shopped me up to HR about 'breaking the rules'.” - X0AN
Haven't you ever heard that water is life? Stop sucking your employees souls, you vampire.
“I had a workplace time our bathroom breaks and deduct them from our allotted 15 minute breaks or lunch. We had to go see the office manager to get a key to open the restroom. As soon as we left his office he would start a timer... when you got back he would stop the timer and tell you how much time you needed to deduct from your lunch or next break. They watched our breaks like a hawk.” - jamaidens
“The VP of our company just held a mass meeting to tell all of us we can't have pictures or plants or food or anything that is not an office supply object on our desk. Tons of co workers have family pictures or their kids' finger paintings pinned up on the cubicle walls. All that had to be removed.” - Anvirel
As if cubicles aren't sad enough. Let's make them even sadder.
“The dress code policy is just dumb at my work. Different positions have different requirements. Even though we all work in the same office. My favorite rule though is the one on shorts. We can wear shorts on Fridays between Memorial Day and Labor Day. However the shorts can't have pockets on the side. It was written to discourage ratty cargo shorts. But the way in which it is written allows me to wear gym shorts. So I do.” - bondsman333
“If you are 1 minute late, it is a tardy. If you take a half day nothing goes on your record. I was told to just take a half day if you are going to be late because they straight up fire you for tardies. Also if you clock out early, it is a tardy. If you have to go to the doctor on lunch break and it is going to take and hour and ten min, take the rest of the day off. Weird.” - Whosyabobby
So, you would rather me not be here at all? Fine with me!
"I’m a fireman and our Risk Management department decided long ago that poles were too risky for us. So we use the stairs. Anyway, now the newest rule is no free weights to workout and stay fit.” - Haligan74
So you can go into a burning high rise, no problem but don't you dare carry a 40lb weight! That is way too risky.
“I once needed a pen. Figured this was a reasonable ask and went to the supply closet on my floor, which was locked. I asked the floor's admin, she told me to go to the main supply room in the basement. I went to the basement and explained my situation of needing a pen. They told me all requests for supplies must be approved by my department head. The problem is, being new, I'd never met my department head. She also worked in San Francisco and I worked in Milwaukee, so I needed to send an email both introducing myself, and asking her if I had permission to get a pen from the supply closet.” - NicolasCage4eva
“This was a former job at a law office. One of the partners sent an email to the entire staff that employees were not allowed to gossip in the building. What was everyone gossiping about, you ask? Oh, said partner was divorcing his wife and sleeping with one of the associate attorneys in the firm. But, you know, don't gossip.” - kat_rob
How about a, "don't sleep with your employees" rule?
“All the extra toilet paper in the building has to stay in a single closet where it can be overseen by the toilet paper queen. I heard her shrieking the other day when she discovered someone had ‘hoarded’ one spare roll of toilet paper upstairs so the people who work upstairs wouldn't have to walk down multiple flights of stairs when the toilet paper ran out.” - rhino43grr
This better be the softest, most durable toilet paper in the world.
“I drive valet and the company handbook says you're never allowed to back up. Ever. You absolutely cannot do the job without reverse. It's impossible. It's in there because of liability and our insurance policy. This way it can always be the valet's fault if there is an accident.” - ImJustSo
But, how do you back out of a parking spot if you can't back out?
“I used to own a pest control company. One day I walked into one of our bays and found a technician licking the inside of a cap from a bottle of herbicide. When asked he told me that he just wanted to know how it tastes. I told him that any future pesticides will taste like unemployment and created a no ingesting pesticide rule complete with signs.” - 1136991040443
So this is why we need these dumb rules. It only takes one idiot.