Silly Signs, Silly Rules –- Know Any?

Workplace rules exist for a reason. Some rules are designed to protect employees’ rights and their safety, while others protect the employer and workplace. Then there are some rules that are just plain silly, and we ask ourselves why are they even are in place.

Sometimes the best way to find these rules is to ask. Last March, Major General Michael Oates of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division asked for information on the stupidest rules or policies in the Army in his Mountain Sound Off blog. Soldiers commented on everything from uniform regulations to policies on leave. FederalTimes.com borrowed the same idea and asked its readers, “What are the dumbest workplace rules affecting you?”

Since we know you aren’t shy, we thought we’d ask you the same question about the Postal Service. What Postal Service workplace rules are hindering you from doing your job? Are there rules or processes in place that no longer apply or need to be changed to meet today’s business needs? Let us know what you think.

This blog is hosted by the OIG's Risk Analysis Research Center (RARC).

Comments (209)

  • anon

    how about that stupid rule that in the plants time cards MUST be in the rack and locked at all times. With todays timekeeping no one could clock someone else in and the supervisor not know. the information on the time card should be on the employees ID badge like at costco and albertsons to name a few. so much money could be saved when the supervisor does not unlock the time cards in time and then the supervisor must manually input the employees time.

    Sep 28, 2009
  • anon

    what is funny about this is that the plant I work in southern Calif just got a new district manager and ordered maintenance to put new time card holders all over the plant. they purchased small bulletin boards and mounted them on a frame at a cost of over $200.00 each. after a week the things are not even locked. but get caught carrying around your time card and watch out!

    Sep 29, 2009
  • anon

    Only 2 pitcures and a calender , to be hung on case ! Family photo's remind us why we work and come back safely at the end of the day ! How do you pick which 2 children are placed on your case when you have 6 ? Let's concentrate on building business and cutting costs, not powertripping !

    Sep 28, 2009
  • anon

    The case is a work area shared by more than one employee used for the purpose of preparing the mail to be delivered. What may be viewed as important or inspirational to one person may not be for another. No power trip, only an attempt at keeping the workplace free of clutter and avoid offending others. Maybe a group picture of the 6 children together will help, then you only need one photo.

    Aug 08, 2014
  • anon

    We are not allowed to have any personal items at all at our cases. No calendars or anything.

    Sep 29, 2009
  • anon

    I'll tell you how I got around this silly rule. I had a picture of Dana Delaney which was deemed offensive. So I took the picture and pasted it on an envelope and mailed it to myself. I said to the offended supervisor, "there dammit, now it is mail." They let me keep it. :)

    Sep 29, 2009
  • anon

    Looking for more work are you?

    Sep 28, 2009
  • anon

    Don't forget, "No talking on the work room floor!"

    Sep 29, 2009
  • anon

    As usual someone wants to use the workplace as "social hour". It's not that you can not talk on the workroom floor its that you are required to come to work to perform duties you are being paid for and there are time expectations. These expectations are put in place to provide a quality service to the customer and help maintain productivity in the workplace. The Postal Service like many other organizations, agencies and businesses have Policies, Rules and Regulations in place for several reasons; Safety, Efficiency and Productivity just to mention a few. The comment from "Anonymous" sounds like they may be a carrier. The City Carrier has rules to follow while working in the office and on the street. Handbook M-41 City Delivery Carriers Duties and Responsibilities is a manual that outlines their responsibilities. Section 112.25 Be prompt, courteous, and obliging in the performance of duties. Attend quietly and diligently to work and refrain from loud talking and the use of profane language. The key is "Attend quietly and diligently to work and refrain from loud talking" that does not mean you cannot talk. Anyone interested in learning what is required of a carrier should spend a little time researching and reading before jumping to conclusions. All Handbooks and manuals to include the National Contracts can be found on the internet. The rules do not just apply to carriers, but to all Postal Employees. Each craft (carriers, mailhandlers, clerks, management, vehicle maintenance employees, etc) have their own handbooks and nationally negotiated contracts. Bottom line is employees are hired to perform the duties of their position and if their talking and visiting hinders them from completing their assignment in the authorized time it results in later delivery times and cost to the Postal Service. Why is it people are eager to work for an organization and when they get hired they are unhappy with the rules, there are options, comply or find another job.

    Aug 08, 2014

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