Entertaining thread on boards.ie about ridiculous workplace rules/policies/requests etc.
My boss from a previous job used to ‘award’ members of his team with gold stars.
Us plebs have just received a blanket email from corporate executive presidential level that the “hard hat colour code”, i.e. white hats for management; red hats for first-aiders; yellow hats for visitors; grey hats for us minnions, etc., etc., is to be vigorously enforced. “Good thing”, I say. I’m fed up stepping over dead and injured bodies with the wrong colour hard hat. “Serves you right, you hard-hat-rule-breaking rebels! No first aid for you until you change your hat.” Our (entirely admin) office will be a safer place with this hard hat system and I recommend it to all boardies.
A memo :
“Please do not connect toasters, microwaves, kettles, heaters, small cookers, or any other heavy appliance to the sockets under your desk!”
“Please do not store cheese or any mouse-friendly food in your desk drawers!”
We’d a HUGE problem with people making toast under their desk and the office was full of ‘unauthorised kettles’.
One lady had a fridge under her desk + a nespresso machine on her desk!
Worst I had was a part time job while in university in a call centre where this American manager called me in and patronisingly ranted at me because I wasn’t being a team player. Basically, they’d bought the office pizza and I declined to eat some but was at the party chatting away. Then I refused biscuits and sandwiches… And I refused to eat canteen food as everything was wheat based and most sauces served contained gluten… Notice a pattern?!
Anyway, I explained that I was coeliac and she responded : “well there’s no need to be stuck up about good food just because of your religious beliefs!!!”
Oh, and the stuff about Lidl “before they cleaned up their act” is incredible… If you’ve ever wondered why it’s so hard to keep up with the checkout operators – it’s because they a 30 to 35 Item Per Minute scan target…