Peter Trombetti – Rule You May Want to Rethink

Posted: November 17, 2014 in Peter Trombetti's Posts

Every company has their own way of doing things. They usually have very specific ways of doing things, and very specific reasons for doing it that way. The old, corporate way of doing things usually involves strict rules, but also offered job security, pension plans and a straight career path. However, with the changing economy, employees are feeling less loyal to a specific company. It is very easy for someone, especially someone who is good at their job, to seek alternative employment if they are unhappy with any aspect of their job. We’ve pulled together a list of the Top 5 rules that may be driving your employees away


1. Attendance Policies – Because they are not paid by the hour, salaried employees should not need attendance policies. If they are completing all the work you give them, in a timely manner, does it really matter if they show up 10 minutes late?

2. Dress Code – Creating a strict dress code policy make employees feel nervous and unable to express themselves. Make it a priority to tell new employees to dress for business and trust them to make the right decision. If someone does come dressed inappropriately, address it with the individual without taking it out on the rest of the staff.

3. Frequent Flyer/Hotel Points Policies – Traveling is hard on an employee. They are traveling to do business for your company. Taking their frequent flyer miles or hotel points that they have rightfully earned will cause animosity and resentment.

4. Leave Policies – Again, this goes back to trusting your employees. Requiring them to bring in a note proving they are either sick enough, or that someone really did pass away, to earn time off comes across cruel and heartless. Will some take advantage of you? Possibly. But why are you hiring people you don’t trust in the first place? Give people the benefit of the doubt.

5. Approvals for Everything – Big pieces of work need to be addressed by higher-ups, but is approval required for every thing an employee does? Not only does this frustrate employees, but it slows down productivity and wastes time.

Peter Trombetti is the owner of Oficio Group, located in East Greenwich, RI. Specializing in sales and marketing in the specialty chemicals industry, Peter can be reached at 401.519.6683 or at


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