Few things drive good employees away more than stupid rules. Liz Ryan has five you’ probably seen before.
Most large and many medium-sized organizations still have policies in place that require an employee who wants to apply for a different job in the company to get his or her manager’s approval first.
Any person with three functioning brain cells can instantly think of plenty of good reasons why a manager might prevent a qualified and eager employee from moving into another job.
Instead of becoming the employee’s advocate for success and upward mobility, the manager about to lose a good employee becomes a deterrent to success. For everyone involved.
- Impenetrable pay structures (does the CEO or executives get paid based on a chart?)
- Too many policies (why employees don’t read employee handbooks)
- Attendance policies (don’t track salaried employee’s hours)
- Insulting performance review process (do I need to say more?)