What are the effects of pervasive policy plop?
- De-energized team members (usually, many of the best ones)
- Letter-of-the-law compliance as opposed to spirit-of-the-law manifestations
- General resentment by team members that compliance rules were written for ALL to address the sins of a few
- Team exasperation at the deficit model message - "you'll only get/do it right if we demand that you get/do it right"
- Ubiquitous hunker-n-hide syndrome --- it's just easier to take the minimalist route, to stay off the radar, to not push boundaries, to not press for improvement
Not a lot of upside to policy plop.
If the time we spend on developing, writing, communicating, monitoring, and enforcing policy could somehow be spent on improving organizational culture, what a Merry Christmas we'd ALL have (throughout the whole year!).
Stop the PLOP! (Or, at the very least, reduce it a little.)