August 19th, 2009

Serial Offenders

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

In the control room, we operate on a system of being able to go home once your relief has taken over. You might work an 8 – 4 shift, for instance. You get in at quarter to eight, liaise with the previous controller to find out any ongoing jobs or enquiries they need to pass on to you, then they go home.

You hope the same arrangements pertain at the end of the shift &you get to go home 10 minutes early, albeit that you’ve actually worked a full shift just displaced by 10 minutes.

There are some people who come in maybe 20 minutes early, these are the ones you hope are taking over from you.

By some dint of fate, I never seem to be covered by the super-early controllers, no, I get the ones who are always late.

I’ve blogged about them before, they come in bang on four o’clock or even a couple of minutes late. Only if you are really lucky do they appear at a couple of minutes to the hour.

What’s even more annoying is that instead of coming into the room, relieving the previous shift & then going to get a cup of tea, thus being available a few mins before their duty time, they go & get their cuppa first meaning I get relieved at 1 minute to.

Now I’m not on duty when they get relieved but I’m guessing they get relieved, on average, around 10 minutes early.

This means, on an average shift, I work 8, 9 or 10 hours & 10 minutes while the work 7,8 or 9 hours & 50 minutes, i.e. 20 minutes a day less than me. That works out at around 35 hours a year, or almost a week more a year that I’m working over them.

I think they must just be pig ignorant because telling them doesn’t meet with much change, complaining to their supervisors meets with an email to them asking them to play the game – if we’re lucky they come in earlier for a few days, but they soon go back to their old ways.

The biggest frustration is that you can’t get your own back because of the way the shifts work; their shift always takes over from us, we never take over from them.

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  1. Jabadaw says:

    Why don’t you get your employers to move your start and end times forward by 15 minutes. Problem sorted!

    I can understand you complaining if they were always late but not if they actually turn up on time.

    August 19th, 2009 at 21:33

  2. 200 says:

    Jabadaw, with logic like that, you’re not actually in charge of my department by any chance?

    August 19th, 2009 at 23:08

  3. copper bottom says:


    August 20th, 2009 at 10:13

  4. Linda Baki says:

    200 you have missed your calling , you should have been a mathematician. LOL

    August 20th, 2009 at 16:20

  5. copper bottom says:

    i look at it like this…

    you go to work, you work and you go home…

    you might well as say:

    ‘john looks away from his console for 10-times a minute – I look away 3-times a minute – ergo… i work harder…

    I know its irritating but… just do what we have always done- what all workers have done since the dawn of time- take the time back in another way…

    pop to the boggs with your paper – have your 15mins back…

    Nil illegitimi Carborundum…

    August 20th, 2009 at 18:40

  6. Paul Jakma says:

    To be honest it sounds like you need to persuade the powers that be to pay for the shift overlap (maybe a work-to-rule would help), rather than hoping everyone will donate their time unpaid.

    August 20th, 2009 at 22:20

  7. Jabadaw says:


    Not your department, no.

    August 20th, 2009 at 23:05

  8. Linda Baki says:

    You’re not obliged to say anything… but DO speak up
    Today’s edition of Plodwatch comes from Ashford, in Kent, where a former police sergeant with a rare voice disorder is suing for compensation after being turned down for a job as a dog handler.
    As a result of muscle spasms in her vocal cords, Catherine Gilbert can only whisper, which means she can’t shout commands to the dogs.
    Any sane person would conclude that she was clearly unsuited to be a dog handler.

    But she claims she has suffered discrimination and should have been offered counselling.
    Why would anyone apply for a job which involved shouting if they could only whisper?

    Her condition also meant she had difficulty communicating with colleagues and using the telephone.

    She has our sympathy, but why join the police in the first place? And how did she manage to rise to the rank of sergeant?

    Maybe Kent Police felt members of the whispering community were under-represented in the force, like transsexuals and people with Tourette’s syndrome.
    Surely she would have been happier working as a dog whisperer or a court stenographer, which is what she is doing now after resigning from the police to spend more time with her lawyers.
    Incredibly, eight days have now been set aside to hear this case. Even if she loses, it will cost taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds in court time and legal fees.
    She should be charged with wasting police time.

    ‘You have the right to remain silent…’

    Read more:

    Nothing to do with your headline thread 200…but I did find it amusing and thought I would post…

    August 21st, 2009 at 08:43

  9. Tony F says:

    Shift handovers…We were expected to be in at least 1/2 hour before the shift change over, some of us even a bit earlier…But there was always one or two that took the piss.

    August 22nd, 2009 at 20:44

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