I was recently talking to a client about the lack of guidelines for acceptable personal use of office resources in his company. He rejected the suggestion that he provide any real rules or guidelines (apart from some old rules that most employees were not aware of and of which there was no procedure to remind them to periodically read). He said that he only wanted to hire motivated people who wanted to work, and that people who need rules should work elsewhere.
The results of his approach seem reasonable, everyone who works for him works really hard. In return his attitudes towards employees are more relaxed than most employers, among other things he is very supportive of employees who desire career opportunities greater than his company can offer.
I have been wondering whether rules alone can make people lose interest in working, or whether it’s the type of person who doesn’t want to impose rules that inspires hard work.
My experience is that when working for people who have a rule-free environment I tend tend to work really hard, and that when working for companies that have lots of rules I find it difficult enough to get out of bed in the morning – let alone become motivated to do any work.
I am interested to see comments from other people, both workers and managers. Is my experience common in this regard?