Something I claim to have invented was the left turn on red in a left turn only lane. There was a stretch of road near Sea World in Orlando where no traffic ever would be coming and I’d sit there waiting for the left turn lane to go green. After about 4 or 5 times waiting and waiting, I decided to make my own rules and turn left on red when there was no oncoming traffic.
Today, in fact, I also did the same thing in Saratoga!
What does this have to do with HR? Sometimes we face rules that are meant to be broken that won’t hurt anyone else. For example, if there is a candidate we really feel should be considered for an opportunity but they don’t necessarily meet the qualifications, we may want to sell the candidate to our superiors or to the hiring manager based on other qualities they possess.
Or, we may do a schedule change for someone who was late one time in 6 months who had a legitimate reason for being late, rather than punishing them with a late on their attendance card.
Another example of a “left turn on red” in the workplace can be doing something outside of your responsibilities that may require supervisor approval, but by waiting until a supervisor arrives would cause a customer more stress and the business possible loss in revenue.
What left turns on red do you take? Share them with me at firstname.lastname@example.org