Rules For Work

It’s Monday. Most of us are starting a new work week. Some of us perhaps not very happily – not everyone likes work.

Perhaps your dislike of work is because you are unsure of procedures. You need more structure, to be assured of how things are supposed to happen at work. I can help with that.

In Rothenburg, Germany, I visited the Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum (I really should write about that one of these days). Definitely a highlight of any trip to that historic town. What struck me most though was not the various torture instruments, or any of the other displays, but the list of rules for a 19th century office.

Seemed like a lot of common sense stuff to me. I was so pleased to discover they had an English translation available. I bought several copies and presented them to my co-workers on my return to Canada. I informed them that we were implementing all of them. The rules were prominently displayed in the office for the next six years, but seem to have vanished in last year’s move. Sadly, observance of the rules was not what I had hope for.

While people did usually work through their lunch breaks, people weren’t willing to work 12 hours a day, six days a week. And even though we have heat (and air conditioning in the summer) I have a colleague who defies the rules and wears a coat year-round. She never brings any coal.

Even though the posted rules disappeared, I saved a copy. I can reinstitute these simple office routines, if only I could convince my coworkers that they really do make for a better working environment. Wish me luck!



One comment

  1. The ending is great. Basically “This is such a great policy that we will increase the workload for you”

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