Companies have policies. Companies have rules. But what if company policy manuals and handbooks were a little less formal? A little less restrictive? What do you think would happen to the employee experience? Do you think customers would notice a difference? Be treated differently? Do you think employees would look as forward to Monday as they do to Friday?
What if risk really reaped rewards and not hand slapping? These are just some of the ideas being tested and implemented by companies across the globe. Perhaps it is time to change the look and feel of the employee handbook?
An excerpt from Diary of The Happiest Employee on Earth:
I forwarded this policy manual to HR, C.E. Ohhh, and my boss on Wednesday. Given 39 weeks here and observing so much I thought why not.
The Only Employee Policy Manual You’ll Ever Need:
- The company promises to provide a great employee experience. Please tell us how we can make it even better. This is not lip service.
- The company promises to provide you with interesting and challenging work. We really do want your ideas to make this happen. This is not lip service.
- The company will find out what secret talents you possess and we will utilize them to ensure 1 & 2 are being met.
I thanked them for actually making MY employee policy manual (I wrote it at the last miserable job) a reality and how I believed that too many rules and policies kill creativity and ………….
What do you think? Do you think too many rules and policies kill creativity? Productivity? Morale? Engagement? What policies or rules are keeping you from making a difference and doing a better job? Perhaps this entry should be a discussion for your Monday morning kickoff meeting?
Perhaps you need to confiscate your copy of Diary of the Happiest Employee on Earth today?
RICH DIGIROLAMO, founder Recess At Work, works with organizations to create happier work environments, strengthen work teams, design new programs, and create better relationships with customers and peers. In his new book Diary of the Happiest Employee on Earth: 52 Provoking Thoughts for Creating a Great Workplace he talks about why it is important to relax (not eliminate) all the policies and rules that are keeping people from being great.
Are you ready to take a Recess with Rich, inject some new energy into your organization and create an even better employee experience?