October 12th, 2011

Of rosters and spreadsheets

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

I hate shift changes.

I like to be ordered, I like things the way I like them, things in their place (not that it helps me to remember where they are you understand, ask my wife). I like to know that in 6 weeks or 3 months time on a Friday I’ll be working this shift and the√ā¬†following√ā¬†fortnight I’ll be working that shift. It creates some semblance of order and harmony in my life, a working life of which has been throughly filled with disorder and disharmony.

So it really pisses me off when they send me an email saying in 3 month’s time my shifts have been changed to something really crappy, like another late turn. It pisses me off because I’m being mucked around and it pisses me off because the people that run the show ought really to be able to staff the control room without pissing on every other person’s chips. They ought to be able to staff it fully at all times to cover such amazingly surprising and shocking abstractions as annual leave, the occasional period of sickness and public holidays which we’ve have the temerity to sneak up on us every year like an Afghanistan IED at the side of the road.

Oh wait a minute, they’ve cut down the staff to the bone to save a few quid and have to √ā¬†fuck about more and more people with increasing regularity.

They changed some staff on my shift last week, instead of working a late turn they were told to work an early turn, they did this with three months’ notice because with three months notice it doesn’t cost them anything, it just fucks our lives about. As they got a bit closer they realised the late shift were going to be short, so they changed some people from nights to lates. call me stupid but might it have made sense for the night turn to cover the early turn and then you just fuck off one set of√ā¬†people√ā¬†rather than two?

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  1. fed up says:

    You get three months?!! We get 9 days!

    October 13th, 2011 at 07:08

  2. fishter says:

    Three months notice to change a shift pattern? Try two days notice to fly to foreign parts for ten days. And no, that’s not a normal part of my job.

    October 13th, 2011 at 08:53

  3. rafanon says:

    Sorry 200. 3 months notice is bloody luxury. No sympathy this time.

    October 13th, 2011 at 19:03

  4. 200 says:

    Hey, I’m not after sympathy, I’m bit and ugly enough to cope without it.

    And the three months is a bit of a red herring anyway, it’s not the fact that I only get 3 months notice, it’s the fact that I need to change shifts at all.

    They should be able to run a chip shop without the need to change people’s shifts at all, it started creeping in as they shed jobs and now it is common practice.

    The 3 months is really irrelevant, except that under the terms of my employment – which states I have a rostered & predefined shift pattern – 3 months is the cut off point below which they have to offer financial compensation.

    October 13th, 2011 at 19:59

  5. Plodnomore says:

    200, the first two lines of the second paragraph made me think. Surely you’re not that absent minded? To keep you up to speed, there are two places on the upper part and one place in the middle part that you really should be, always, aware of. Just ask your wife!

    October 13th, 2011 at 20:07

  6. Weary says:

    We have a couple of officers on long term sick at the moment, which means other officers get moved to cover. This is the most efficient way logisitcs could come up with to solve last night’s shortages:
    Move 1 officer from my team (at station A) to cover another station (Station B), 27 miles away.
    Move an officer from Station C to cover my station, 35 miles away.
    Station B and C are 8 miles apart!

    I decided to move the officer from Station C to cover station B and keep my officer where they were.

    Saving to the force in expenses – √ā¬£49.60.

    I thought we had no money!

    October 14th, 2011 at 15:44

  7. John boy says:

    Well HR bods assure me that it takes 6.5 people to provide constant 24hr 7 days a week cover of 1 person.
    Therefore work out how many people you need at any one time
    then multiply by 6.5

    October 26th, 2011 at 10:47

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