March 4th, 2012

It pays the bills, and that’s all

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

I was going in to work this week and I met one of my team coming out. He was leaving the building on his way home having had his shift changed. I thought maybe he’d just arrived a few minutes before me and had left something in his car. I said: “Had enough already?”

He had a broad grin on his face and just said: “Shift change, you can tell my the smile on my face that I’m not coming back.”

And that one phrase summed up what’s happened in the last 3 years. We have a great shift, almost everyone gets along, we work hard, we work together and when a good job comes off we back each other up and help each other out. We used to be able to combine this with having fun.

There is no fun in the job these days, the management have just about beaten, hidden and robbed any enjoyment we had in the job. I don’t suppose we are any different from an awful lot of other professions. But that doesn’t make it any easier. They’re changing our terms and conditions again, having changed them a year or so ago. It’s one of those faite accomplis things where you can choose to agree with the new conditions or not, it’s up to you. You sign to say you accept them. If you don’t sign to accept them, you lose your job.

Time was when you were asked why you did your job, the reply would often be ‘because I enjoy it‘. Now it’s more likely to be ‘because I have a mortgage‘.

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  1. Whinger says:

    Yes, it does just pay the bills now!

    As the 2 members of the Public who were kept waiting for over 2 hrs. In my front office found out yesterday!

    I don’t put myself out for anyone these days, and won’t be doing again!

    March 5th, 2012 at 07:11

  2. Civ_In_The_City says:

    What you`ve described is a natural side-effect of the ‘performance’ management culture at work. ‘Efficiency’ is interpreted to mean the minimum possible amount of staff, paid the minimum possible amount, working as many hours as possible on the ‘stuff’ that management deem important, with as little time spent on ‘other’ activity as possible.

    Sounds sensible. If you`re talking about robot workers.

    Having ‘fun’ doesn`t fall within the category of ‘stuff’ that management deem important. Therefore it detracts from the reason the staff are there. Therefore it is inefficient. Therefore it must be wrong. Therefore management eliminate it (believing that what will take its place is more of the ‘stuff’ they deem important).


    No ‘spare’ time for anything other than the ‘stuff’. No fun, no wee breaks, no standing up and having a walk around so you don`t get DVT or eyestrain.

    And while we`re at it, no ‘spare’ time for helping a new member of staff learn the ropes, giving them a head start, making them more productive more quickly, more able to do the ‘stuff’ that management deem important.

    No ‘spare’ time for double-checking an address, or squeezing in a timely PNC check, or looking up a call from last week you`ve just remembered where the caller was complaining about a stalker with a knife. See?

    ‘Efficiency’ goes up as performance and quality goes down.

    Oh, and you also end up with a demotivated workforce. And there`s nothing like a demotivated workforce if you want to produce a crappy end result.

    Word soon gets around until nobody applies for jobs any more.

    And there`s no bigger obstacle to getting that important ‘stuff’ done than not being able to get anyone to do it.

    March 5th, 2012 at 11:01

  3. Bof says:

    It must be something about working in a control room? In the last five years I’ve worked on 4 teams and had to explain 9 different shift pastterns to my wife. It wouldn’t be so bad if you didn’t hear every other day about some bullshit some senior officer (or ex) was coming out with. Yates is the latest but why should he worry; having taken his bungs from the press he’s now safe as a police advisor somewhere in the middle east. Hardly surprising he have his evidence via video link; he was probably worried about getting nicked.

    March 5th, 2012 at 11:38

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