World War 2 ace Douglas Bader famously said that, "rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools". For employers this creates something of a conundrum when drafting policies and procedures, as they are usually intended to apply to both groups. But how often are these rules really binding? How frequently do we see wording that these rules "do not form part of the contract of employment"? Of course there is good reason for this in some cases, but it is not always helpful when you wish to discipline the "wise" dissenter - and after all, who really knows they are a fool? Employers need to give this some more thought, or like poor Mrs Bacon they may find they have merely painted pictures on the road...