I really enjoy your blog. Keep it up. At one of the places I work we have people who can barely hold a job. It’s great experience for them, but can be a challenge when it comes to running the operation. Even if the employee is low functioning, I figure they can all follow some simple “rules to work by.” Any chance you have such a list already? Our new director doesn’t want to keep up the codependence left over from the previous director. Yes, thou shall not steal needs to be one of the rules (we operate a thrift store) but I also want rules about how to treat one another, etc.
– Call Me “C”
I already forgot your question. I keep re-playing “I really enjoy your blog” in my mind. I hope you have a huge family and lots of colleagues so you can make them start reading [email protected] too. I am needy that way.
I do have ten simple rules for the workplace. I think they are perfect. Of course, Jim wants to be all “professional”, so he has an alternate list that might discourage stuff like “lawsuits”, “stress” and “injuries”. Take your pick or use them both. Here’s mine:
Evil Skippy’s Ten Simple Workplace Rules
- Always do your best. (Best actual work, not best at on-line shopping, gossip or sharing cologne).
- Don’t be a jerk.
- Don’t mess with other people’s property.
- Just because you think it does not mean you need to say it out loud.
- Bathe. Regularly, but not at work.
- Be on time. If you have to be late, don’t waltz in with hot coffee from the nearest take-out place unless you brought some for everyone.
- If you make a mistake, figure out how to fix it and tell your boss what’s happening before he or she figures it all out.
- Smile at others and be as pleasant as you can fake, but don’t be creepy about it.
- Everyone has a bad day. Don’t spread yours around and don’t take it personally when someone else is grumpy. Especially if you are bashful or sleepy.
- Don’t hug me.
– Evil Skippy
I like these, but I can’t remember ten things. I can barely remember my daughters’ names and even then I get their names mixed up on a regular basis. I like the Three Rule System because it is easy to remember and it covers almost everything. To be fair, I need to give credit to Mrs. Green, my kindergarten teacher from never-mind-what-year. During the first weeks of class, she had us recite and sing about her three rules and they stuck with me:
Mrs. Green’s Three Rules
1) Respect others and their property.
2) Use good manners at all times.
3) Work as a team
You don’t want people to steal? Number One covers it. No rude names or insults? Rule Number Two AND Rule Number One! Slacker problem? Number Three! Clean up your microwave mess? Be polite to customers? Lend a hand without being told? All covered. Who needs a huge handbook?
OK readers – your turn. Lend a hand to “C” (Score! That’s following Rule Number 3!) and add your comments below about the fundamental workplace rule(s) you would want to add to the basic list.