When managing a workplace, you get to set the culture. This is a daunting responsibility because it is difficult to reverse something if you set it wrong to begin with.
One aspect of culture of course is rules in the workplace. Why have rules? Because they can be easier to follow then general guidelines. Of course, they can often have unintended and even stupid results.
How can we set direction without being ridiculous?
No easy answer, but perhaps overtime we can find our way, hopefully without burning bridges.