One of the biggest mistakes people who hate their jobs make is changing absolutely nothing because they just don’t know what else to do. But before they know it, years goes by, nothing changes and they’re still incredibly unhappy.
So if you’re dealing with someone at work who likes to lord their power over anyone they can to take over the workplace, you should highly consider getting your freedom back.
This group of Redditors shared the most ridiculous rules in their place of work and the most absurd responses are below.
1. yeesh_kabab‘s situation doesn’t sound legal.
In theory we are allotted 3 personal absences a year – which cover “unforeseen circumstances” like a family emergency, car troubles, sick kid, etc. But in order to be approved you need to get consent from the manager in advance. No one that I know has ever actually been approved in advance for their unforeseen emergency.
2. Amazon sounds crazy according to a__dead__man.
I used to work for Amazon in Ireland and their toilet breaks were crazy. Maximum of 10 minutes a day but also a max of 20 minutes per week. You had to change the status on your computer so everything was recorded and some managers would call you out on it and even go as far as threaten your job.
3. TheSpanishImpostion should probably GTFO.
All recreational activity is forbidden on company time & resources… Except fantasy football.
4. AlkorCineast might want to consider making faces and hand movements instead.
We can’t ask others if they want to come grab a coffee in the break room.
5. rhino43grr has to deal with a toilet paper queen.
All the extra toilet paper in the building has to stay in a single closet where it can be overseen by the toilet paper queen. I heard her shrieking the other day when she discovered someone had “hoarded” one spare roll of toilet paper upstairs so the people who work upstairs wouldn’t have to walk down multiple flights of stairs when the toilet paper ran out.
6. willboase must work with an interesting crew.
No accusing other staff members of being witches. (Yeah, it happened so we had to make a rule.)
7. icecreampopncereal‘s employer doesn’t want people to have a life.
If we want to take a full 5 day week off we need to use 2 vacation days, 1 personal, and 2 more vacation days. Can never use 3 vacation days straight!?!?
8. throwaWaY2113232444 has to watch what he says.
My workplace doesn’t let you use the word “problems”. Instead, we have to say “challenges” if something is wrong. As a problem is a negative word, and challenges promotes the fact that there is room to fix said problem…
9. sheriffjbunnell has a loophole but his boss still sucks.
My boss was an inbox Nazi, like if you had old emails in there he would flip and make you respond to them or delete them. Apparently you shouldn’t have anything left at the end of the day, deal with them or delete them.
Jokes on him though, I just made a subfolder marked “personal” and everything went in there
Get fucked Bill you old wanker
10. Whoever wrote the rule for thepatman‘s has way too much time on his/her hands.
My agency has a nine-page document detailing how, where and when someone can make and consume microwave popcorn.
11. themikegman basically can’t be a human.
Can’t have my hand in my pockets.
12. Sounds like Back2Bach is in grade school again.
Employees must first get approval from a supervisor before using a copy machine.
Use of copy machines is solely for business purposes and not for employees’ personal needs.
13. clemente769 must have to yell an unnecessary amount of time.
Im a lifeguard… and not allowed to use a whistle…
14. goatsofwrath‘s new manager made a really, really ridiculous rule.
Two weeks after I left my previous job a memo went round saying people aren’t allowed to look out of the windows at work anymore.
It’s a big ass glass building.