Going beyond Beyond One-Size-Fits-All Policies and tailoring your rules in the business like this man in a finely tailored tree piece suit.

Beyond One-Size-Fits-All Policies

When is the right time to go beyond one-size-fits-all work policies? The latest trend is for individuals work “near” home (WNH) and it is said this is likely to replace WFH. By now you will know that I have something to say on this so let’s get into it.

Question Limiting Assumptions

Although some individuals prefer to work away from home, it doesn’t mean this is the new rule for all. When will it dawn on these people reporting the trends that one size fits all doesn’t look good on everyone and the new doesn’t cancel out the existing? As a business owner, treat new information as potential additional options. Much like a pick ‘n’ mix stand, select what’s most suited to your organisation.

Getting Real About Workspaces

Indeed, many don’t have the home set up where it’s comfortable to work from home. During the first lockdown, I had to liaise with individuals who only had their bedroom as their private space. Their “work from home” meant working hunched over on their bed trying to balance a workstation on a mattress that doubled as seating and desk space. Others had a rota with their flat/housemates on who would get the kitchen table.

Combat Rigidness with Regular Checkups

The HouseRules approach ensures that all individuals fully understand the practices and processes that create the culture allowing them to aspire and be inspired. It’s possible to spot where procedures may have become biased or misaligned with values through structured, periodic reviews. This prevents inflexible thinking and the takeover of toxicity.

HouseRules guide leaders through an ethical analysis of policies to determine what works, what needs refinement, and what should be rewritten entirely. Like a regular business checkup, it diagnoses issues before escalation.

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Pleasing Everyone Isn't The Goal

Therefore, while some proclaim that they have been working from home for decades and would never return to the office – an equally flippant comment would be “Good for you!” And the same to those who start listing all the roles where WFH is practically impossible. Whilst it would be preferred to allow common sense to prevail when making comments, it’s more important for the owners and those in charge to consider what to implement within the company.

Time to Review and Refresh

These are only a few areas which need reflection when deciding whether “working near home” may be a valid option to offer. There are plenty of comments acknowledging the advantages for remote working. However, this can be utilised when taking practical first steps to facilitate implementation or reviewing your current practices.
 
Do you need to survey your team?
Could you offer a trial period to see how hybrid workings fairs?
 
Nonetheless, reviewing current policies is the ideal starting point before making changes.

It's Not Just About Individuals

Remember it’s not only about the individuals. Working outside the secure settings of the workplace introduces other factors:
  • Confidential Information Security
  • Continuous Internal Community Growth
  • Adequate Tech and Resources

There will be policies, practices and processes that you will need to put in place or review to ensure that you’re serving the team as well able to continue to run the business as usual (or as close too).

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Final Recap

When developing a work culture, the policies must offer the right guidance. Blanket assumptions seldom suffice or allow for extensive growth and engagement in the organisation. Leaders need awareness of diverse perspectives, home situations, and business capabilities to create guidelines that offer flexibility without introducing new problems.
 
Regular policy reviews help spot where protocols no longer fit — then surveys and trials guide adaptations aligned with organisational values and realities. The one-size-fits-all solutions are never going to give your business the tailored efficiency that you envisioned. Whereas the HouseRules approach is an ethical, collaborative process for evaluating options and moving your business forward constructively.

What kind of impression are you wanting to make?  If it’s lasting and meaningful so that others know you’re serious about business then you can’t mindlessly follow the crowd.

Careful contemplation about your business structure and rules will attract like-minded individuals, which in turn will:

  • make it easier to build an engaging culture of contributors 
  • having clear guidance and processes will encourage trust
  • High retention, low turnover and an invested, evolving internal community.

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To excel, your foundations need to be solid – that’s where HouseRules comes in!

These tailored guidelines diagnose issues holding your company back from its full potential. Together we’ll boost efficiency, collaboration and a healthier work culture. So you can feel confident progressing towards new heights!

Feeling stuck on outdated systems? Let’s get you unstalled! Book me to refine the essential HouseRules that position your business for great things ahead. Talk soon!

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