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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