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Personal background: I work in a company with ~80 employees owned by a company that totals around 300 employees that was just bought by a company that is... big.

While there are some good points, many of the points seem lacking in experience and understanding of how business works.

* Don't be a manager/supervisor

These are a necessary evil when you reach certain sizes. Not everybody can manage. Somebody has to handle the politics of clients/investors/whoever. Not everyone can code/draw/test/sell/whatever.

* Provide interest free loans...

Maybe this is a country/cultural specific issue, but this is a bad idea because it changes the relationship between the employer and the employee as well as can create favorites among employees. It's one thing to ask for an advance on your paycheck, but a loan is a really bad idea. Banks offer loans and lines of credit for a reason.

* Each employee must run his/her own open source project regardless of company work

It is generally bad form to tell employees what they should do in their free time. We have a lives outside of work and whether it's an open source project, community work, or raising our families. Ever heard of burnout? Everyone needs a creative break.

* Don't hire anyone who just supervises team members

Sometimes this is a necessary evil. See comment about managers above.

* Make sure work is fun.

It's a job, we're paid to work. Employers shouldn't make it unenjoyable, but it's not their job to entertain.

* Don't peek into employee desktop/laptop & spies their actives.

Why not? Do you have something to hide?

* When employee quits ,don't disable his/her email account ASAP :P

This is a common practice and a very important security issue, especially if you signed an employment agreement as well as an NDA regarding the terms of access to company property. When you quit, you forfeit all access to company property. "Your" email address is actually on loan to you from the company.

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I agree with few points and here is reply for the rest.

On loans, its a personal issue i faced, when i quit my MNC job and joined a start-up. Banks (at-least in india) won't provide loans for employee working on startups. Its very hard to get them.

* It is generally bad form to tell employees what they should do in their free time. We have a lives outside of work and whether it's an open source project, community work, or raising our families. Ever heard of burnout? Everyone needs a creative break.

Yes,i agree with it, you can't force employee to spend their time with open source project. But it has some great advantage - First of all such employee, won't be involved in politics. They will alway try to improve themselves rather than comparing their team-members.And also it adds value to their resumes.

* Why not? Do you have something to hide?

Its very inconvenient/annoying, when employee at their free time browsing youtube/facebook,playing a online-game of chess,when someone often comes and looks into their desktop.It will create kind of false impression, as if this employee never works. I bet at some-point, the employee would have given 200% at his task. but something might have gone wrong, then he will be told to work hard rather than surfing the net. That's not good. We never go and see what founder does with his desktop/laptop :P

* This is a common practice and a very important security issue

I agree with this, you can remove his email-id from dl so that he can't send/receive mails , but don't block the account.Give him couple of days , so that he download/retrieve any income tax or payslip related documents. How can you suddenly won't trust an employee, just because he resigned ? Or at-least confirm with him before blocking the access.

Yes manager are necessary evil,that can be avoid,if employee head count is less than 50 i think.

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First of all such employee, won't be involved in politics. They will alway try to improve themselves rather than comparing their team-members.And also it adds value to their resumes.

Regardless of extra-curricular activities there will always be politics. You cannot "parent" this out of people except by example from the top down and good hiring practices. It may be a good practice, but it is a personal practice -- it should not be enforced by an employer because it is an invasion into private life. Something like Google's 20% time is a great idea but difficult to get working and keep up.

Employee browsing the internet on company computer.

Best way to protect against false impressions is to not engage in questionable activities while at work on company time. If an employee doesn't play chess, browse facebook, or watch youtube while at work, they won't have any problems.

We never go and see what founder does with his desktop/laptop

If the founder wants to goof up, then fine -- but he is not the employee. Employees are the employees and they are responsible for their actions. Founders are not responsible to the employees. It is not mature to argue that "we never go see what the founder does".

I agree with this, you can remove his email-id from dl so that he can't send/receive mails , but don't block the account.Give him couple of days , so that he download/retrieve any income tax or payslip related documents. How can you suddenly won't trust an employee, just because he resigned ? Or at-least confirm with him before blocking the access.

None of that is necessary to send/receive income tax slips -- it should all be handed to the employee upon termination. Also, you CANNOT trust any employee who is not in your pay because they are free to work for a competitor. I work with co-workers who have horror stories of what ex-employees have done.

Also, keeping an email account open may be forgotten to be closed by the IT department and may also provide access to other parts of the corporate network which may allow for the ex-employee to sell secrets to competitors.

Shutting down email access is just best business and IT security practices common throughout the entire world. It is bad form to not shut it down.

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>Why not? Do you have something to hide?

This is a disgusting attitude. The company should be a professional environment, not a boarding school. If you distrust the person enough that you feel they must be spied on, don't bother spying. Just fire them!

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Who says that anyone was spying? It's not a disgusting attitude but rather a legitimate come back to someone who is behaving as if they have something to hide.

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