babymanval Registered User
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Hi all,

Workplace policies/procedures/rules/directives from management etc. can often be ridiculous, counter-productively nonsensical at times. However I heard the most ridiculous one today. A friend of mine texted me at lunch to tell me about a farcical 30 minute meeting that she had to sit through:

She got an email requesting her to attend a meeting with her line manager this morning. It transpired that the purpose of this was to discuss any support that she may need for "any addictions that [she] might be suffering with"... The catalyst for this? Her manager had observed her taking three, rather than the recommended two tablets (for her Katie Taylor homecoming-inspired hangover). Furthermore, the manager observed that she had 2 packets of Solpadeine on her desk, "in full view". She came away from the meeting with some literature on addiction agencies, and a heartfelt reassurance that the management have a staunch policy of standing behind employees where they need support.

It got me to thinking; I've heard of some management requests/policies that would make you want to rip your hair out. They always put me in mind of the film "Office Space" (TPS reports etc). My experiences have been:

- A request that I wear black slacks, instead of the very (very, very, very) dark blue/navy ones I was wearing, in a telesales job, with zero contact with anyone, ever.
- The (quickly boycotted) organisation of separate male and female Xmas "parties", so "as not to encourage workplace romance/indiscretions leading to awkwardness/disruption in the team".

Anyone else?

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MagicMarker Banned
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My employer doesn't allow fisting.

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The Amazing Spiderman Registered User
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babymanval said:
Hi all,

Workplace policies/procedures/rules/directives from management etc. can often be ridiculous, counter-productively nonsensical at times. However I heard the most ridiculous one today. A friend of mine texted me at lunch to tell me about a farcical 30 minute meeting that she had to sit through:

She got an email requesting her to attend a meeting with her line manager this morning. It transpired that the purpose of this was to discuss any support that she may need for "any addictions that [she] might be suffering with"... The catalyst for this? Her manager had observed her taking three, rather than the recommended two tablets (for her Katie Taylor homecoming-inspired hangover). Furthermore, the manager observed that she had 2 packets of Solpadeine on her desk, "in full view". She came away from the meeting with some literature on addiction agencies, and a heartfelt reassurance that the management have a staunch policy of standing behind employees where they need support.


Anyone else?
Sure that sounds like a bit of an overreaction. But at least they mean well

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Lyaiera Registered User
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My employer prefers we only have a few drinks while working and keep the heavy drinking for when we've knocked off.

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Millicent Registered User
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So, your friend has a hangover on a workday, takes more than the prescribed dose of OTC medicine, and has two boxes of a highly addictive, tightly controlled and usually prescription-only codeine painkiller on her desk? I wonder why her boss might have thought she had difficulty with substance abuse problems.

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Cassidy28 Registered User
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It seems fairly okay to me.

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marshbaboon Registered User
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I was brought into a managers office & told I "wasn't friendly enough & needed to spend more time talking to co-workers".

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marshbaboon said:
I was brought into a managers office & told I "wasn't friendly enough & needed to spend more time talking to co-workers".


I was told that too, so I started screwing half the staff

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The_Dazzler Registered User
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Millicent said:
So, your friend has a hangover on a workday, takes more than the prescribed dose of OTC medicine, and has two boxes of a highly addictive, tightly controlled and usually prescription-only codeine painkiller on her desk? I wonder why her boss might have thought she had difficulty with substance abuse problems.

What's this now?

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some random drunk Registered User
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In my ex-girlfriend's office they were only permitted to drink bottles of water at their desks (including carbonated, flavoured water). She had a bottle of 7up one day and was given out to and warned not do it again.

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I love my boss, he's the bestest boss in the world ever, very handsome also.

Millicent Registered User
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marshbaboon said:
I was brought into a managers office & told I "wasn't friendly enough & needed to spend more time talking to co-workers".


syndeyfife said:
I was told that too, so I started screwing half the staff


I got told I was talking too much to customers. In a retail job. Because I was making chit chat while scanning through shopping. How the fuck is that a bad thing?

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1ZRed Closed Account
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syndeyfife said:
I was told that too, so I started screwing half the staff


Yeah like you needed a reason

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Lyaiera Registered User
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The_Dazzler said:
What's this now?


It's no longer over the counter. I think the pharmacists have a little leeway over handing it out though.

Millicent Registered User
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The_Dazzler said:
What's this now?


Solpadeine is ridiculously hard to get now. Same rules as that for Nurofen Plus cos of the codeine in it.

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