Bizarre council rules for employees... No talking about weather or babies.
Bizarre council rules for employees
Carlisle City Council has ordered employees to clock out if they want to talk about the weather, holidays or babies, but it's not the first local authority to implement bizarre rules for its staff.
The email states that if workers want to hold conversations about issues such as the weather, babies or holidays - they should clock outPhoto: ALAMY
8:30AM GMT 29 Jan 2011
Earlier this month it was reported that a council was to tell staff that "intimate behaviour during work time'' could be deemed gross misconduct and lead to disciplinary action.
Staff at Fenland district council, in March, Cambs, must declare any "close personal relationship'' with a colleague to their manager in writing, the policy proposed.
The information would then be recorded on their personal files – a move which critics claimed was "Orwellian". At a later meeting the idea was rejected and has not been introduced.
One councillor labelled the proposal the "bonk and be booted out" policy and said it had come from the "database of daft ideas". Another said publicity about the plan had turned the council into a "laughing stock".