Rebel Human Resources Podcast

Rebel Human Resources Quick Tip: Stupid Rules and the HR who Loves Them

October 16, 2020 Kyle Roed, The HR Guy Season 1 Episode 17
Rebel Human Resources Podcast
Rebel Human Resources Quick Tip: Stupid Rules and the HR who Loves Them
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Rebel Human Resources Podcast
Rebel Human Resources Quick Tip: Stupid Rules and the HR who Loves Them
Oct 16, 2020 Season 1 Episode 17
Kyle Roed, The HR Guy

Rebel HR Quick Tips are short segments to give you a quick perspective on the world of HR.  Kyle gives advice on various topics to help you in your role as a people leader, employee, or HR professional.

This quick tip focuses on everybody's favorite thing about HR (sarcastic tone implied):  Rules!  There are so many bad policies and stupid rules.  Let's figure out a way to make our organizations less about following rules and more about building a culture of respect and common sense. 

Kyle talks about a tactic you can employ when a "rule" is what people want to implement. 

Rebel HR is a podcast for HR professionals who are ready to make some disruption in the world of work.

We'll be discussing topics that are disruptive to the world of work and talk about new and different ways to approach solving those problems.

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-roed/

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Show Notes Transcript

Rebel HR Quick Tips are short segments to give you a quick perspective on the world of HR.  Kyle gives advice on various topics to help you in your role as a people leader, employee, or HR professional.

This quick tip focuses on everybody's favorite thing about HR (sarcastic tone implied):  Rules!  There are so many bad policies and stupid rules.  Let's figure out a way to make our organizations less about following rules and more about building a culture of respect and common sense. 

Kyle talks about a tactic you can employ when a "rule" is what people want to implement. 

Rebel HR is a podcast for HR professionals who are ready to make some disruption in the world of work.

We'll be discussing topics that are disruptive to the world of work and talk about new and different ways to approach solving those problems.

Follow Rebel HR Podcast at:

www.rebelhumanresources.com
https://twitter.com/rebelhrguy
https://www.facebook.com/rebelhrpodcast
www.kyleroed.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-roed/

Rebel ON, HR Rebels!  

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/rebelhumanresources)

Kyle Roed:

I'm Kyle Roed and this is the rebel HR podcast. Rebel HR is a podcast for HR professionals who are ready to make some disruption in the world. Follow us online on Facebook at rebel HR podcast, Rebel human resources.com. Follow me on twitter at rebel HR guy. On today's rebel HR quick tip, we're going to be talking about some of HR people's favorite things, rules. HR gets a bad rap for being the policy police, and sometimes rightfully so. Why do we love rules so much? Does it make us feel safe at night? Does it make us feel like we're actually doing something? some rules are just plain stupid. Let's talk about some stupid rules. In Colorado for instance, you are not allowed to catapult anything, you are allowed to own a catapult, but you better not try to discharge it. Also flaming arrows are illegal. In Connecticut, pickles must bounce by rule of law. You cannot sell a pickle unless it bounces Connecticut's Food and Drug Commissioner proclaims that a real pickle quote, should bounce when dropped from the height of one foot, which is state law. Part of the joy of human resources is dealing with situations where somebody thinks that a rule should be put into place. Whether that's a rule related to attendance, a rule related to cell phone, or a rule related to a pickle. My guidance here is that rules are important sometimes, but we should actively search out stupid rules. And we should make every effort to get rid of them at all costs. So one of my favorite tactics when somebody comes to me and says we have to have a policy for this, we need a rule for that. If I don't have a clear cut policy with 17 different steps, and a flowchart that describes exactly what we're doing and every scenario within the situation, my favorite responses, I would be happy to look into creating a policy for you. But what policy Are we going to get rid of because I'm not adding any more policies into our handbook. The handbook in itself can be relatively archaic and complex thing. How many people actually take the time during orientation, to allow people to read through an entire Handbook, fully understand, and then sign that Acknowledgement Form. At the end of it. It just doesn't happen. And if it does happen, that sounds like a terrible orientation experience. The goal should not be to make more rules or apply more bureaucracy to systems. Human Resources should be focused on building culture and building systems and structures that build trust and allow people to understand that they should not be setting off catapults at work. And as we all know, they should be able to drop a pickle from a wooden foot height and have it bounce. Almost as silly as the sixth iteration of the attendance policy that still did. Thanks rebels Follow us on Facebook at rebel HR podcast, Twitter at rebel HR guy or see our website at rebel human resources.com. Use it opinions expressed by podcast

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