Weird work rules
According to KP.ua, employers in Ukraine can include basically anything in the contract, justifying it by some need.
For instance, in one company female employees were banned from wearing high heels. Such a rule was made, as per boss’ explanations, because the high heels were too loud and distracted others from performing their responsibilities, as well as leaving marks on the floor. However, the employees believed it was because the female boss didn’t like wearing heels and didn’t want her employees to tower over her.
Another lady said they were prohibited to wash coffee cups at work. A specially hired person would collect all personal crockery and cutlery and wash them, and then put to dry somewhere around the office, and the rightful owners had to search for them. Naturally, the author of the report found a way around: Placed her dirty cup in the draw, lock it, and wash the cup early in the morning when no one could see it. What an unnecessary hassle!
Another company prohibited charging phones at work, trying to save on electricity bills.
Banning the use of social networks at work is quite a usual thing in Ukrainian companies.
While some people were not allowed to do certain things, others had to fulfil contractual obligations that were too hard to manage.
One guy reported getting a job as a manager of the advertising department in a fashion magazine, and one of the conditions of his job was to stay at every corporate presentation, party or event till the end. He wasn’t allowed to leave parties early! At first, he was excited about attending so many cool parties and events, but quickly found out that they happened daily and ended late at night. He simply didn’t have enough time to sleep and had to be at work early in the morning. All other employees of the company could leave if they wanted, but the director of the advertising had to stay.
The guy was withering fast without sleep and only lasted 6 weeks until he quit. He is still not a bit fond of corporate parties, apparently.
Of course, Ukrainian workers can refuse to obey by the company’s weird rules, but then they have to leave the job.
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