Dumb Rules That Make Your Best People Want to Quit by Lolly Daskal

It’s hard enough to attract and hold on to good employees, but to attract and hold on to the best employees is even harder. Occasionally they leave because of an opportunity they can’t pass up, but most of the time the cause lies within the company they’re leaving. Too many workplaces create rule-driven cultures that may keep management feeling like things are under control, but they squelch creativity and reinforce the ordinary.

Faced with a rule-driven culture, the best employees — the most talented and hard-working ones — are usually the first to go, because they’re in high demand and have more opportunity than most. What’s left is a pool of people who are mediocre at what they do, willing to compromise their standards, and in it mostly for the paycheck. And if you have mediocre people doing mediocre work, you are going to have a mediocre company. Here’s a simple principle for hiring and keeping the best and most talented people:

Stop creating dumb rules.

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