When Management can’t effectively “Lead” their employees … they rely on Policies and Procedures (P&P’s)
Example … Certain employees who are chronically late, don’t follow the dress code, yada, yada …
Instead of addressing those particular employees with Leadership …
Management implements P&P’s out the wazoo … thereby making the “good” employees feel they are being “punished” because of a few bad apples in the bunch.
When we received an email with the Subject: “Please see the attached NEW policy … This policy governs how new policies are introduced/developed and/or existing policies revised/updated/obsoleted.” …
I knew then, Management had lost their mind and was an Epic Fail.
No. Really. A Policy on how to create a Policy.
I totally get that Companies and Organizations need P&P’s … but when Management has no Leadership … that’s when they start piling them on.
Then, it’s up to each Supervisor to “interpret” each of the policies and decide which employee will be “dinged” and which one won’t.
We have 24 Policies/Procedures and a phone book size Personnel Manual that covers everything from:
How to call in sick ~ 2 pages with a couple of examples
How to call in late ~ 2 pages with 4 examples … here’s one …
** Late Arrival Policy ~ If the employee arrives more than seven minutes after the start of the nearest 1/4 hour increment, he/she may sign in at the start of the 1/4 hour increment and use accumulated vacation, personal, and/or compensatory time for each 1/4 hour beginning with their designated start time through the beginning of the 1/4 increment of sign-in or elect to be docked for the time (in 1/4 hour increments). **
It’s easier to just call in sick! Just make sure you have the numbers ready to call everybody and their brother before certain times and make sure you leave a call back number so they can get back with you if you leave a message … or something like that. I would have to study it!
Our dress code is a mile long of what’s appropriate and inappropriate …
“Body art of any type (including, but not limited to tattoos(s), foreign objects inserted under the skin, pierced, slit or forked tongue, stretched out holes in ears or dental ornamentation) is prohibited.”
Damn! Guess I have to wait until I’m 65 to get my tongue pierced, slit or forked! And I hope the foreign object inserted under the skin is still as popular! ‘Cause I’ll get that too!
Oh … and don’t wear a coat or a casual hoody inside the building if you’re cold. It must be an “appropriate” sweater. ** But they didn’t give an example or show a picture … so you have to take your chances on what sweater you wear. And, believe me, if it’s not appropriate ….. someone will tell on you.
Employees even volunteered to have their pictures taken wearing appropriate and inappropriate clothing … kinda like Glamour Magazine Do’s and Dont’s.
Oh well … What do I know. I don’t have a title or a bunch of letters after my name. And hell, even if I did … I’m so dyslexic, I’d just mix them all up anyway.