12 Ridiculous Office Rules That Companies Have Enforced
Here’s a look at some ridiculous office rules—from the odd to the annoying.
It’s hard to imagine an office that doesn’t allow people to sit down, yet that’s the rule for a company in Japan. A plastic manufacturing company only allows shared, standing computer work stations. Employees can’t have a computer at their own desk, where they can sit. The company reportedly says this tactic increases productivity. That’s exactly what an experimental chair-free office art installation in the Netherlands is studying, FastCompany reports. Plenty of other known strategies to increase productivity require less effort than standing all day.
An employee for the City of Detroit complained that a co-worker’s perfume made it hard for her to breathe. She won a lawsuit in 2001 because the city didn’t accommodate her allergy. Banning stinky perfume might not seem like a ridiculous office rule. Still, after the settlement, employees were warned not to wear any scented products, including cologne, aftershave, and even deodorant, CBS reports. Co-workers with bad B.O. are one of the most annoying types of co-workers.
No usage of “very,” “got,” or “hopefully”
Plenty of phrases don’t belong in emails, and Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of Britain’s House of Commons office, thinks some words should be avoided in conversation, too. A memo sent out to employees says to avoid using words such as “very,” “got,” and “hopefully.” Another rule in the memo is to address men with the title “esquire.”