So the Met chief, Sir Paul Stephenson has pulled a sickie.
It seems he had his appendix out last week & returned to work after 3 days, but was advised to go sick again after he became unwell. Someone else is now covering for him. I’m guessing Stephenson might have preferred to have his appendicitis a couple of weeks earlier, say around the time of the G20 demo.
Going sick is a bit of a hot potato round where I work. Nobody seems to realise that when you cut the staff back so that nobody can get time off, when you increase the workloads & stress levels for individuals, the chances of having a happy staff is pretty bloody slim.
They seem to have problems grasping the fact that more people will go off sick, whether because they’re sick or just fed up, when they’re pissed off.
So, the obvious management answer is to lecture people about how guilty they should feel if they go off sick & leave their already strapped colleagues to pick up the tab. Yeah, that’ll work.
I don’t suppose the Met Commish is under any such pressure from his staff not to go sick, I’m guessing there’s a lot of people celebrating, judging by his early lack of support for his troops shown over a number of issues.