December 28th, 2011

Hold the phone

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

So, in an effort o save £50million quid the latest money-saving wheeze in Sussex is to ban officers from charging their mobile phones whilst at work.

I have to say, this wouldn’t bother me greatly on a personal level because I always charge my phone at home and have never had it run out no matter how many games of Angry birds I play on it. But if I was using it at work – as many officers do, we’re forever calling them on their mobile phones when their radios don’t work, as they don’t muchly – I’d be pretty pissed off to be told I couldn’t recharge my phone at work.

When Airwave first came in we were told to charge our sets at home whilst off duty, as compensation we were allowed to use the mobile facility on the phones to make personal calls. They told us that the actual cost of charging an Airwave set over the course of a year was just a few quid. I duly charged mine at home and used it to ring Mrs Weeks, and others,  if the need arose.

I handed my set in a few years ago so I don’t know if the same terms still exist.

The one thing missing in all these penny-pinching schemes is the simple fact that you get better production from your workers if they are happy. If everyone is pissed off they won;t work as hard for you. So when you take away any little perks on a drip, drip basis, it can;t come as a surprise when the workers say ‘fuck you’ when you need the stops pulling out.


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