Press Release April 2009: Rules Brits Hate To Follow

Rules Brits Hate To Follow

The UK's leading recruitment scoring website reveals the rules people hate to obey at work and it seems Brits are a hard nation to please. Internet policies, ‘the customer is always right' policy, dress code and having no rules to follow at all each make it to the Top 5 rules Brits really hate.

It's no surprise that 94% of Brits admit they hate being told what to do, but the UK's leading recruitment scoring website has uncovered the rules Brits hate to follow at work, including internet policies, scheduled lunch breaks, dress code and surprisingly more than 1 in 10 Brits get annoyed with having no rules to follow at all.

www.HireScores.com studied 1,017 Brits and found that 34% hate their work's no internet rule but surprisingly 30% admit they know why this rule is in place and 23% confess that their productivity levels would probably decrease if they could use the internet at work.

Interestingly, the idea of the customer always being right annoys 1 in 6 Brits, all of which admit that being polite to rude people is not a rule they should have to follow.

In comparison, 12% of Brits hate having no or very few rules at work, making 3% feel as though they are surrounded by chaos and 9% frustrated when they are working hard and others are running riot.

The rules that Brits hate to follow at work, starting with the worst are as follows;

 

1)              Internet policy - No internet at works drives 34% of Brits mad

2)              Dress Code                                              19%

3)              ‘Customer is always right' rule                     16%

4)              Scheduled lunch breaks                             15%

5)              No Rules - everyone runs wild                    12%

 

Other rules Brits hate to follow included scheduled toilet breaks and their works' call answering procedure.

Lisette Howlett, Managing Director of HireScores.com comments on these findings;

"It seems we all have rules we hate to follow.  Unfortunately whilst it may make us feel like our freedoms are being curtailed, there is generally a reason behind the rules being put in place.  The trick, however, is to explain that reason to employees and also check out from time to time if it still applies or if something else might work just as well. 

"Giving people choice is invariably the best option for an employer.  For example, asking a team if they want their breaks on a formal rota or if they want to manage it themselves can work better than simply imposing a rule.  Explaining that the dress code is about customer perception rather than just being picky might make it feel less onerous.

"It's interesting to see how many people think negatively about having no results at all. Not only does it make people feel uneasy and unsure about their own progression but it inevitably frustrates those people who are still dedicating their day to actual work whilst others around them get away with doing very little. The key to a satisfied and motivated workforce is finding a happy medium."

For further information visit www.HireScores.com  

 

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Further information about HireScores:

 

Emma Stockley, 10 Yetis PR

Tel: 01452 348 211

E: emma@10yetis.co.uk

Note to Editors

About HireScores.com:

§  Hire Scores website is totally independent and not linked to a job board or recruiter which makes it ideally placed to provide such information

§  Hire Scores is committed to fair feedback with checks and balances in place to support this

§  Free to use for all with a strong and growing knowledge centre

§  Lisette has over 20 years industry experience with such firms as ICI, Zeneca/AstraZeneca and Syngenta as well as local government and the public sector.

§  Hire Scores is about creating a community in the recruitment and working space supported by a forum which uniquely seeks to bring together all the elements involved in recruitment and work - workers, recruitment agencies and their employees.