Changed HR policies

Does that sound familiar to you?

Casual Fridays:

Week 1 – Memo No. 1

Effective this week, the company is adopting Fridays as Casual Day. Employees are free to dress in the casual attire of their choice.

Week 3 – Memo No. 2

Spandex and leather micro-miniskirts are not appropriate attire for Casual Day. Neither are string ties, rodeo belt buckles or moccasins.

Week 6 – Memo No. 3

Casual Day refers to dress only, not attitude. When planning Friday’s wardrobe, remember image is a key to our success.

Week 8 – Memo No. 4

A seminar on how to dress for Casual Day will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in the cafeteria. A fashion show will follow. Attendance is mandatory.

Week 9 – Memo No. 5

As an outgrowth of Friday’s seminar, a 14-member Casual Day Task Force has been appointed to prepare guidelines for proper casual-day dress.

Week 14 – Memo No. 6

The Casual Day Task Force has now completed a 30-page manual entitled “Relaxing Dress Without Relaxing Company Standards." A copy has been distributed to every employee. Please review the chapter “You Are What You Wear" and consult the “home casual" versus “business casual" checklist before leaving for work each Friday. If you have doubts about the appropriateness of an item of clothing, contact your CDTF representative before 7 a.m. on Friday.

Week 18 – Memo No. 7

Our Employee Assistant Plan (EAP) has now been expanded to provide support for psychological counseling for employees who may be having difficulty adjusting to Casual Day.

Week 20 – Memo No. 8

Due to budget cuts in the HR Department we are no longer able to effectively support or manage Casual Day. Casual Day will be discontinued, effective immediately.

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4 responses to “Changed HR policies

  1. 引用通告: Be

  2. Be,

    We’re all engaged in sort of sand castle games since birth, aren’t we?


  3. beapisces

    Hi Stone,

    I do encounter similar situations, but of coz the hr department does not insist on so many “remedial" follow-ups. It’s kind of ironic that the more you try to set boundaries and clarify rules and regulations, the more grey areas appear. And more people try to “manipulate" and get around the rules. I think initially the underlying principles of most laws and regulations are meant to be broad –broad enough to allow flexibility. But too much flexibility can cause chaos and may turn into uncontrollable situations. Is it the 劣根性 of human being? Can ethnics (it is when all those code of conducts appear) help?

    Maybe it just resembles to what you say, that we all engage in sand castle games?


  4. Dear Be,

    It is sarcastic that quite a few people believe that ‘rules are created to be violated.’ Our life is filled with such challenging break-and-build games, and ridiculous enough, most of us do not realize that we actually are lost in these games but think that is our lives and goals! I think this has nothing to do with what you referred to as ill will (劣根性) of human being, but ignorance… In many occasions, we are tempted to play the role of the God and are over-confident that we can manipulate the scene at our wish. Of course, this will not turn out to be the case.

    Yes, a proper ethical system is the clue to restore the peace of mind, and the peace of the world.

    Never mind, we will eventually stop playing such games once we believe we have found our own refuge… Should that be our another half, our belief, our pursuit, or any other thing you name it.

    Best regards.


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