I enjoy talking about policies and whether or not policies are necessary.Â Recently someone asked me what I thought about a policy on workingÂ through lunch. The phrasing led me to believe that their employees wereÂ working from their desks while eating (and by working I mean surfingÂ the web).
So, with that in mind, did I recommend a “no eating at your desk rule?”
I encouraged my friend to look at the situation in the context of job performance.Â If employees are completing work and abiding by the rules, leave them be. On the other hand, if it is affecting performance by causing them to not finish their work on time, have more mistakes, etc., then approach the situation from that legitimate standpoint.
A follow up comment by my friend was that the policy would be “too hard to manage” if done piecemeal, so it should be a flat ban across the board if it went into effect. My response was that people choosing to eat at their desks or not isn’t something that really requires management (or attention) unless it impacts their level of performance.
This isn’t 1910. We don’t have to stand over people every minute of the day to “crack the whip” and make them work. If you do, then you have larger problems on your hands.
Focus more on what is accomplished and less on the how.
What are your thoughts?