HR Strange But True!
July 29, 2010
Every workplace needs to have rules. However, there are some unusual rules that require employees to be well-groomed, “scent-free”, and even one that leaves employees thirsty for more!

Here are some examples of “wacky workplace rules” reported in a recent article on

  • A Japanese city ordered male employees to always have a clean-shaven face for work.
  • Detroit established rules for a “scent-free workplace” when it banned its workers from wearing fragrances, including scented deodorants.
  • After several evacuations due to burnt popcorn, Seattle threatened to ban the snack in its municipal offices. Instead, a memo was sent out emphasizing that employees need to follow the instructions on the bag.

Cities are not the only employers known for uncommon rules. Earlier this year HRSBT reported on Carlsberg’s Copenhagen brewery’s decision to limit workers to a single beer per lunch period. The disgruntled workers went on strike to keep the perk of 3 beers on the job.


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