So won't your workplace allow?

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  1. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

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    A company in Australia has issued "etiquette" instructions regarding the workplace.

    http://www.businessday.com.au/execu...s-bhps-strict-staff-rules-20110823-1j7dg.html

    The No Post-it Note one is a bit much. And not being able to leave a jacket on your chair too. But I like that we can have pictures around our offices - they make the place a bit more personal.

    Is there anything your company won't allow you to do?
  2. overedge

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    No dogs at work (which caused a lot of complaints among the dog owners but didn't even raise a peep from anyone else). Of course, service dogs are allowed.
  3. BigB08822

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    I have never in my life worked at a place that would allow you to bring a dog. I think not allowing the dogs falls more in line with what is normal...
  4. barbk

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    The facilities person at Mr. Arabrab's company tried to prohibit people from bringing coffee, soda, or food into cubicles, to the point of even distributing corporate-branded water bottles. They also weren't supposed to put anything up on the cube walls.

    Of course, this was the same birdbrain who decided that the little conference rooms had no need of whiteboards for the engineers to work stuff out on since a few rooms had the expensive high-tech recording screens.

    Eventually somebody figured out that it would be good to actually develop some software, and intake of caffeine and arguing at the whiteboard seems to be a necessary prerequisite for that, at least outside of Utah.
  5. overedge

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    Where I work isn't always what you would consider "normal" :lol:
  6. PDilemma

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    I had a principal once that tried to get the staff to agree to no beverages for staff on the premises except water. Including coffee. That just didn't happen. One coach's answer: "you can make that rule, just be aware we will do everything in our power to break it". Same principal tried to implement a "casual day" for staff (translation: you can wear jeans) and charge us $10 each time to participate.

    Regular rules at school included no cell phone use except during open periods or before or after school---basically don't use it if you have kids in the room. Students told me that two teachers ignored this and texted throughout classes. That always irritated me. It was not an unreasonable rule. I was especially irritated the day I got a call during my plan time that my mother's surgery that day was uneventful and the principal happened to be in the hall when the phone rang and reprimanded me for taking the call when I was by the rules allowed to do so during my open period.
  7. reckless

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    I worked at a law firm where attire was business casual. A couple of the older partners felt that was inappropriate so they pushed the partnership to impose a more formal dress code. On the day of the vote, one of the partners who opposed the dress code showed up in a 1970s tuxedo -- powder blue with frilly shirt and huge bow tie. He made his point and the dress code idea was dropped.

    It was pretty silly. About 2/3 of the firm's clients were high-tech/dot.com companies and entertainment-industry folks. They always showed up for meetings in jeans and occasionally in button-down or polo shirts instead of t-shirts.
  8. FigureSpins

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    I worked with someone who was legally blind and had a service dog. The dog was a major distraction initially because he was so sweet and beautiful. Everyone wanted to pet him, talk to him, bring him treats, etc.

    The owner was a nice guy and really hated to say "He's working, please leave him alone. No, if you feed him, it'll throw off his schedule. and so on." It took about a month, but we all got used to having him around. (We also wanted to use the guy's computer - the screen was HUGE! We used to ask if we could borrow it for demos during his lunch, so we didn't have to get a conference room hookup.)

    Not allowed at various workplaces:

    Midtown: No personal phone calls at all. They reviewed everyone's phone statements every month. You had to use the pay phone in the reception area for personal calls and the receptionist would comment if you were on for more than a short time.

    Wall Street: No food or eating at the desk, because they attract vermin in old buildings. Had to use the lunchroom.

    NJ: No backing into a parking spot. Security would call you (everyone had parking passes) to come back downstairs and repark your car properly, nose-in.

    Midtown: All cubicle wall decorations were ordered removed after someone complained about a Playboy calendar that a smart-ass little intern put up, looking to push the envelope. He ended up leaving after I gave his resume to several head-hunters anonymously. The restriction was lifted.

    CT: Coats go in the coat closets, not in offices or cubicles. (When the big boss' wallet was taken out of his coat in the closet, that rule was relaxed. Hooks were installed in all offices and cubicles.)


    Midtown: On a non-client floor of a software vendor, if you showed up in business attire on the weekly Casual Friday, you had to wear a grubby "loaner" hawaiian shirt that was never washed. The morons also got tanked by drinking spiked tropical drinks in the office. I had a client in my office when they decided to come down to my floor for a hula show and to nag me about the nasty shirt I wasn't wearing. Five fat guys wearing paper-bag skirts. I just closed my door and told them to go back upstairs. The VP got wind of the show and the boozefest ended pretty quickly. They learned to stay out of the client areas when inappropriately dressed.
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  9. znachki

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    Famously, in the Seattle area, SAFECO Insurance, which is now part of Liberty Mutual, had lots of rules - and a dress code. Until 1996. One of the biggest reasons they relaxed it was because it was getting hard to recruit new employees.

    Blue or black grey suits, white shirts - for men & women. Hose to be worn, skirt length rules for the women. Restrictions on ties for the men - which had to be worn. No facial hair. Proper shoes. No smoking, no personal items at desk, no eating or drinking at desk.

    The law firm I work at has a dress code, and finally instituted casual Fridays about 10 years ago, but only agreed to let jeans be part of that earlier this year. No tennis shoes though.
  10. PDilemma

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    At the first school I taught at, a teacher (who was the principal's best friend--not a good situation for anyone) kept proposing a dress code like this also including heels for the women. She taught middle school social studies and dressed like that and it worked for her classroom. However, the PE teachers, the primary teachers, art teacher, etc...were absolutely incredulous at how they would be expected to do their jobs in business suits and pumps.

    At the second school I worked at the kids had a "dress system" which basically meant uniforms. So there was an older teacher who kept proposing a uniform for teachers which basically would have been business suits. The same questions came up--how do you teach PE or art or science labs, etc...in expensive dry clean only business attire? And never mind recess duty in winter for elementary teachers--not a time you want to be dressed in skirt, hose and heels.
  11. Rob

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    We used to be prohibited from bringing cell phones with cameras on premises. But I work for a government contractor so it makes sense to some extent. When they could no longer get us Blackberries without cameras, they changed the rule. Now, we are not allowed to take photos in the office or on the grounds without approval.

    We are prohibited from using our Blackberries while actively driving. We are prohibited from using personal cell phones while driving on company property. Both are good rules. And we are asked to sign an agreement that we will not use personal cell phones without handsfree devices outside of the office. That one is probably unenforceable by the Company, but state law caught up so it is now consistent with law.
  12. victoriajh

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    ok that is hilarious! i had a gret visual of the powder blue suit!!!
  13. Vash01

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    When I worked in the private/semiconductor industry, my company did not allow post-it notes, or any material (papers, documents) left on the desk at the end of the day. Leaving desks unlocked was not allowed. During the day everything was OK. Now I work for a government agency and everything is OK. :)
  14. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    Current employer: Laptops must be locked in the docking station or secured with a cable lock at all times. Cannot use work area microwaves for anything with a strong smell (fish, Indian food, popcorn, etc.) Cannot use company internet for any personal devices (phones, tablets or laptops.)

    When I ran the IT shop for a hospital, I had one really strange dress code rule. No ties or long necklaces in the computer room. I was concerned someone would catch a tie or necklace in one of the printers. Our food/drink rule was that only water, unsweetened soda and black coffee/tea were allowed. We wasted too much time trying to rescue keyboards from milk and sugar. Oh, and we required closed toed shoes that allowed the wearer to walk briskly down 7 flights of stairs.
  15. znachki

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    I forgot - we also have a "fragrance free" workplace, or it least we're supposed to. I think it's a case of - we have it in writing so we can use it if we need to. Generally what happens is that someone will complain to HR, who will issue a reminder in the daily bulletin. I imagine that if the offender doesn't get the hint, that the next step is a personal conversation.

    I'm glad we have it. I used to have one co-worker that sometimes wore this perfume that just made me wheeze. Don't know what was in it, but it was aweful.
  16. vesperholly

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    That is where I draw the line. Companies are paying me for my time, so rules at work, fine. But do not think you can boss me around off the clock!

    (Needless to say I have always worked for very liberal offices.)
  17. Satellitegirl

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    We can bring our dogs to work where I work. It's a propane equipment distributor though, so it's not too restrictive. We have guys from the warehouse tracking dirt through all the time. Granted we can't bring them every day, but if we need to take care of our dog, or take them to the vet and keep and eye on them, then we can bring them in. One of the head Salesmen brings his dog in to see us every once in a while.
  18. Jenya

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    When I interned with the federal government, we couldn't bring any electronics into the office itself. We could bring phones and everything else on the premises, but before going inside certain offices, we had to leave everything in these little cubbies outside the door. All that really meant was that people would have to get up and leave whenever they heard their phone ringing. :lol:
  19. maatTheViking

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    I work at a large software company, so rules are pretty relaxed, but mindful of many people working together:

    no animals, except service animals (allergies), a lot of people dont folclow this all the time; I have had a fishtank on may desk with no complaints.

    visitors must be registered and escorted at all times

    all vehicles must be registered; no parking in visitor parking

    no weapons, no porn (do'h)



    Im also pretty sure that if we had a 'casual Friday' it would be 'pajama Friday', that is the only way it can get more casual...


    my dad worked at a more traditinal company as an engineer, they had to wear collared shirts and kept a drawer with campany branded ties if they suddenly had to meet customers; no-one wanted to wear a tie all the time :p

    i used to work for Motorola, in their 2-way radio communiication bussiness, we had a clean desk rule: nothing on your desk by end of day. this was to prevent IP theft.
  20. Wyliefan

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    I think my co-worker and I may end up inspiring a no-cartoons policy. We both cut out the same Dilbert -- the recent one about driving two hours a day to sit in a tiny box -- and posted it prominently, me on my cube wall, her on her inbox. The higher-ups have been giving it the hairy eyeball. :p But they haven't ordered it taken down -- yet.

    (It was especially timely because they've just started making me go in more instead of telecommuting, though there is no good reason whatsoever and I actually end up getting less work done. The drive-two-hours-to-sit-in-a-box thing is completely literal in my case.)
  21. rjblue

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    I have to disinfect my shoes at the door of my workplace, and change them for ones that don't leave the farm at my locker. I wear a 30 year old denim jacket, ripped and bleached overalls, workboots and a tilley hat, all of which must stay at the farm. We cook a pot luck lunch about every two weeks.

    Our dress code- no sandals or shirtlessness allowed.
  22. milanessa

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    Okay, now I need to know where you work. :) I'm guessing a farm (you gave a big hint). Dairy? Cattle? Chicken?
  23. rjblue

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    Potatoes- River John Blue is a potato variety. I'm the resident potato expert.
  24. PrincessLeppard

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    As I believe I have posted before, there is no sugar allowed in my school. :scream:
  25. Rex

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    Access to YouTube....Dept. of Homeland Security sez it's a no-no. Language translation sites are also strictly prohibited.
  26. Matryeshka

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    Fruits have sugar. More sugar than a lot of chocolate. In order to be compliant, I recommend lots of dark chocolate bars.

    The most ridiculous rule I've ever had to deal with was two schools ago. I'm allergic to bees and carry an epi pen. In the spring, I make damn sure I have it close at hand. This idiot HR representative came to us to give us a talk about how we can't have medication on our person AT ALL. I was not the only teacher with allergies--there was another bee allergy, a shellfish allergy, and a strawberry allergy. The HR representative said no, no not even epi pens! What about THE CHILDREN. The HR person was not well-received.

    This rule did not last long. Of course, they also wanted to ban all medications, including cough drops and even more head scratching, tic-tacs. Although nothing was said, it was eventually just dropped due to being unenforcable and completely stupid.
  27. Aussie Willy

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    And it would have only taken one incident for them to have their arse sued out of them for being so irresponsible.

    Back in about 1985 when I was a student on summer vacation employment, I had the manager of the business library I was working at told me not to wear pants (I was wearing them that day). She felt it being a library that only dresses and skirts were appropriate. Being a 19 year old on vacation employment there wasn't much I could do. But really it was quite discriminatory to tell a female that she couldn't wear pants.
  28. leesaleesa

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    Bathroom breaks.



    I work at Comcast. :shuffle:
  29. BaileyCatts

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    :shuffle: what do I have to do to keep my bag of potatos from going soft/bad so quickly after I buy them.

    Continue thread. :p
  30. milanessa

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    What are the best potatoes for roasting? :D
  31. vesperholly

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    :confused: Why?
  32. Rex

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    Department of Homeland Security rules...even Google Translate is prohibited. You can translate using Outlook - our Outlook has a special feature that allows you to translate languages. But you can't access translation sites - a big no-no warning that says "PROHIBITED BY US COAST GUARD and DHS" in a big red ugly sign.
  33. FigureSpins

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    Back in the late 1980's, a female coworker wore an expensive designer pantsuit to the office one day. Totally appropriate, but the creepy VP made a comment to her about pants not being "professional enough for women" in the office. She said to me later, "If he wasn't looking at my ***, he wouldn't have noticed." lol
  34. Moto Guzzi

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    Due to security concerns, we're not allowed to bring in cameras of any type, cellphones with cameras, iPods, thumb drives, Furbys :lol:, or anything that can be used to record. I use my building pass to get through the gate, the front door, the door to my floor, and to log on to my computer. I frequently see a colleague with his seizure dog. Larry the dog is required to wear his building pass, complete with photo ID, on his collar. He doesn't need to badge in separately from his owner, though.
  35. rjblue

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    I couldn't wear pants to school for the first three years of school- it was awful.
    Keep them out of the light (make sure they haven't greened at the store) and store them in a cool place. The colder they are stored at, the sweeter they will be, so the fridge is fine, and they will keep for months. Our storage here runs at 3C (38F).

    My personal preference is actually for red potatoes, because I like them when they are moister, but most people like a drier potato.

    You can't trust a "Russet" label- some russet varieties are lovely dry bakers, but a few varieties (Russet Norkotah) are soggy and tasteless and turn dark after they are cooked. Russet Burbank is very nice, and Yukon Golds or other yellow potatoes are my favourite drier types.
  36. Stormy

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    Pretty much anything goes in my office. They don't monitor teh interwebz, we can wear whatever we want, if we want to leave 5-10 minutes early that's fine. This week, one of the guys brought in one of these- http://airswimmers.com/ and was flying it around the office. It's very relaxed here, which is nice.
  37. luna_skater

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    Same. We don't have a dress code. People do bring dogs in on occasion. There aren't any specific rules surrounding pets, but there's an unspoken assumption that you only bring in a dog that's extremely well-behaved. Most people who bring dogs in just have Fido sleeping under their desk most of the day. Kids are brought in frequently, too, and the same deal goes--just keep them out of other peoples' hair. We have a TV, guitar hero, Xbox, and extra computers around, so there are plenty of ways to make sure they're entertained.

    Food at your desk is fine, people are just conscious of their co-workers. They try to avoid having stinky food at their desks, and keep that in the kitchen. My team has a bar fridge in our department that we store our lunches in, as well as beer for the occasional impromptu office social.

    We have an annual chair race that goes around the office (open concept) and down the street. There are guitar hero competitions from time to time. Yoga balls sometimes go flying through the workspace. Sure, there are times when it can be difficult to focus. But I think the trade-off is worth it. We also work essentially whatever hours we like, as long as we're getting our jobs done, and are free to work from home under the same parameters.

    I don't think this kind of system works everywhere, but we're a Creative company--you can't impede peoples' freedoms and expect them to do a good job. Everyone is just very respectful of the fact we don't have a lot of rules, so we don't abuse that.
  38. Aussie Willy

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    We have a giant Jenga in the lunchroom. Occaisionally you hear crashes during lunchtime coming from there.
  39. MacMadame

    MacMadame Internet Beyotch

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    Darn, I was hoping you worked at a body farm!

    But it's nice to have my preference for red potatoes validated by an expert. :cool:

    I once worked at a place that wouldn't allow women to wear pants. There were only two women software engineers and we just ignored that rule. I got in trouble for it, but she didn't. It was an interesting lesson in office politics.
  40. oleada

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    Well, currently I'm enjoying the wonders of part-time retail :rolleyes:, so it's the following:
    - uniform must be worn, but if you don't have a uniform yet, it must be all black.
    - you must wear long pants. If you wear a dress, you have to wear leggings.
    - closed toe black flats
    - make up and hair must be done (you guys don't want to know how my very politically incorrect boss phrased that one)
    - no cellphones, eating or drinking on the shop floor