How To Avoid Workplace Policies That Kill Motivation

“For years, new hires at Nordstrom famously received a copy of the company’s employee ‘handbook.’ It was a single 5-by-8 card that read, ‘Rule #1: Use best judgment in all situations. There will be no additional rules.’”

If your company’s policies seem to be a little deflating, it’s probably because they are.

The Stanford Business School shares new research that explores how workplace policies kill motivation and suggests too many companies are over-contracting with their employees and customers.

Researchers also found that more general contracts increase people’s sense of autonomy over their work, which in turn increases motivation, creativity, and cooperation.