Care workers share their work rule woes

UK care workers have flagged up the workplace rules that irritate them most.

Top of the list is being told to get a doctor’s note for any kind of illness. Next comes pay being locked for being a few minutes late, followed by a no food or drink at your desk rule.

In a survey by job board, CV-Library, 1,200 care professionals highlighted the following workplace niggles:

  1. Getting a doctor’s note for any kind of illness – 40 per cent
  2. Pay docked for being a few minutes late – 31 per cent
  3. No food or drink at your desk – 29 per cent
  4. No pictures, plants or anything personal on your desk – 21 per cent
  5. No talking to colleagues unless in the break room – 20 per cent
  6. Not allowed to wear perfume – 19.1 per cent
  7. Time limits when using the bathroom – 10 per cent
  8. Leaving all personal belongings at the door – 9.8 per cent
  9. No smoking in your own car on the way to work – 9 per cent
  10. No drinking tea while working – 2 per cent

Lee Biggins, CV-Library founder and managing director, said such rules are common – in place in well over two in five (45.5 per cent) care homes – and, importantly, they are unpopular with the majority of staff (70 per cent) confessed that they weren’t happy about having to abide by these. He said: “[Although the] workplace needs some rules and regulations, you don’t want to make employees feel uncomfortable or untrusted by enforcing outrageous and unnecessary rules upon them. This could result in them leaving to find a more welcoming work culture elsewhere.”   


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