There’s always a reason behind every rule at work but some make you question if they’re doing it for a laugh.

From Tesla to Apple, here are the company’s unusual work rules.


Tesla – Don’t use Cologne

Everyone wants to be presented well for an interview right? Well, if you’re applying to work at Tesla, don’t wear any fragrances – you better hope you smell nice naturally.

According to a 2018 profile by Wired. Elon Musk has such a sensitive nose he can become agitated when confronted with strong odors.

This isn’t the only thing interviewees have to worry about – he reportedly told a candidate he didn’t like his blue shoes!

Netflix – Don’t stare

If you work for Netflix, don’t stare at a fellow employee for more than five seconds or you may get fired.

It sounds crazy but the logic behind it is pretty respectful.

Netflix reportedly updated its employee policy on sexual harassment in the workplace.

According to one of the platform’s showrunners, this included not looking at anyone for longer than five seconds, as it is “considered creepy”.

The new rules also included no flirting, no lingering hugs, and no asking for colleagues’ numbers.

WWE – Don’t sneeze near the boss

The legendary wrestling company’s billionaire owner Vince McMahon is famously eccentric.

The 76-year-old is a complete workaholic who often has intense work-out sessions in the middle of the night.

The company’s staff also have to adhere to a lot of weird rules put in place by McMahon himself.

Perhaps the most bizarre is his hatred of sneezing.

Marking himself as a complete and total control freak, McMahon is set to hate sneezing as it’s something he can’t control.

Apparently, he dislikes this in others as much as himself so don’t sneeze around the boss.

Google – No political views

If you work for Google and are interested in politics, you might want to think again before speaking about it.

In August 2019, Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, sent an email to everyone at the company, listing a new set of community guidelines.

It was focused around internal message boards, and the topics employees are allowed to post about.

As well as warning employees against speaking badly about the company’s projects, it also banned talk on politics and other non-work subjects that may lead to “debates.”

It was introduced with the aim of avoiding tensions created by conflicting views among staff.

Disney – Perfect your point

If you’ve ever been to Disneyland or seen Disney films you’ll notice the characters have the ‘Disney point’.

If you work for Disney, you have to make sure your point is perfected.

Employees at Disney World always point with two fingers instead of one, as in some countries such as China, Japan, and Latin American- using your index finger to point is offensive.

New York Yankees – Moustaches only

If you take pride in your facial hair maybe being part of New York Yankees isn’t for you.

The New York Yankees’ facial hair policy goes back to the 1970s when the baseball team’s owner, George Steinbrenner, said only moustaches would be allowed, and hair on the head must not grow past the collar.

Although Steinbrenner gave over control of the Yankees in 2008, the policy still is in place today.

However, since New York State passed a law banning discrimination on the basis of facial hair in 2019, it’s unlikely to be legally enforced if players chose to ignore it.

Apple – Don’t say negative words

If you work for Apple, watch out for what you say some words are banned from being said.

Negative words like “crash”, “problem”, and “bug” are banned.

Staff are also trained to avoid correcting customers or disagreeing with them.

The guide employees are given shows a scenario where a customer wrongly argues that a program isn’t supported on their computer, with Apple staff advised to reply “Turns out it is supported in this version.”

Emirates Airlines – Don’t dye your hair

It’s quite obvious Emirates staff always look well presented, well that’s because their dress code is rather strict.

Firstly, no artificial hair colours are allowed, and the only acceptable nail polish colours are those that match their lipstick or hat.

Staff are also told which skin care products they should use, and are advised to wear face masks containing Vitamin C during downtime.

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