Have you spotted it yet? We stumbled across this little gem lurking in the office library at Spook Towers recently. It’s a prescriptive guide for how we should behave in our 9-5 jobs. It’s a book of about 100 rules you must devote your life to, to ever stand a chance of being successful in a corporation. You’ve been warned!
“The Rules of Work” written by Richard Templar has sold 55,000 copies in the UK since it was published in 2003. The concepts behind it revolve around the idea that on a daily basis people are running two jobs, the first is focusing on tasks in hand to get the job done, get paid and get out. And the second is ‘making the organisation work’ in such a way that they become recognised and move their way up the corporate ladder. A lot of people struggle with the latter, in fact everyone struggles with the latter. This book puts in place a set of ‘rules’ for those who want to rise to the top but can’t seem to find their way on the map.
When we came across it we couldn’t help but sit here flicking through it in awe of how much has changed, and how much is yet to change in business, since its publication.
Whilst there are rules in the book that we can fully appreciate as being important for career or business progression, “Under promise and over deliver”, “Be 100 per cent committed”, “Enjoy what you are doing”, there are some rules mentioned that reminded us exactly what it felt like to be working in a factory again; working without meaning and recognition in our jobs. It reminded us why we began The Happy Startup School, to embrace the changing world of work and show people we can be successful alongside being human.
These quotes in particular rang home for us,
“You don’t have to buy into the corporate culture – you don’t have to believe in it – all you have to do is fit in”
“Know that you’re being judged at all times – Everything about us speaks volumes, from the way we dress, the way we talk, to the place we choose to go on holiday, our co-workers judge us on these choices. Make sure that the judgements people make are always positive, judgements that will enhance your career.”
I don’t know about you, but no good has ever come from going into work every morning feeling as if you need to act like somebody else to get ahead. Is this really how business owners want their employees to feel about working for their company?
Happy, engaged employees are clearly more valuable to your company than disenchanted ones. In fact, according to the Gallup Organisation’s recent research, disengaged and unproductive employees cost the American economy up to $350 billion per year in lost productivity.
Developing this kind of culture where we can’t be ourselves around our co-workers decreases productivity levels and makes people hate their job. We’re talking about the office environments where honest, personable, happy team players are swapped for false, micro managing co-workers with the mindset of lining their own pockets first. Most corporations are full of it.
And just remember:
- Be cool
- Dress well
- And don’t swear
You heard it here first, folks!