May 18th, 2008

Good Bosses

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

You like to think a good employer will look after its staff, what’s the saying, ‘you can’t do enough for a good boss’? The working environment is all about give & take, on both sides.

There must be something in the training manual for bosses which says that your staff will be much more productive if they are happy (or at least not pissed off).

Sadly, the people who run our department must have been in the bog during the ‘how not to fuck off your staff’ lesson.

I’ve mentioned before about the difficulties we have getting any leave approved. Just when you think things can’t get worse, it always does.

We currently have the farcical situation with blocks of leave being refused because one day in the middle isn’t granted. One of my mates has recently had 2 weeks of but had to come back for 2 night shifts slap bang in the middle, meaning the holiday he planned couldn’t be taken. Someone else put in for one day’s leave so she could move house but was refused & had to work while her husband & kids moved to a different town. Someone else has to come back from the States a day earlier than their holiday should have been because their shift is 1 under minimum strength for 4 hours on that day.

Another couldn’t take part in the London Marathon & someone else was unable to be best man at a mate’s wedding even though he’d given the department 6 months notice of the date. Someone has been given three weeks off at Christmas this year but has to come back on Boxing Day because they are short-staffed.

I have it on reliable authority that up until just over a year ago nobody would have had any of these problems & solutions would have been found.

It’s no wonder there is such a high turnover of staff.

You can leave a comment, or trackback from your own site. RSS 2.0


  1. tim says:

    It’s not just you, I’ve had more annual leave refused in the dept I am in now than in than in the previous 25 years – and the old rule of the youngest in service loses seems to have been first replaced by the youngest in service in this dept loses (that’ll be me, then) and then by the most junior grade loses (oh look, it’s me again). In Police Staff terms I would be the boss of a police station staff, but I’m still the most junior!!!

    May 18th, 2008 at 21:35

  2. blueknight says:

    If there is any and if you can all afford it, you should all have your overtime for time off.
    You won’t be able to take it and it will mount up and may be someone important will notice there us a problem.

    May 19th, 2008 at 00:23

  3. shift work says:

    [...] been in the bog during the ???how not to fuck off your staff?? lesson. I??ve mentioned before about benched after mom skips concession stand shift 7 News BostonFREETOWN, Mass. — A youth baseball [...]

    May 19th, 2008 at 04:03

  4. Rick says:

    My mind is boggling at the incompetence and sheer ‘fuck em’ attitude of the people meking these decisions. I bet the desk jockeys and the fuds who make the decisions about leave do not have any issues with holidays being cancelled. I’m not a copper so I’m not sure of the procedures, but do you guys have a ‘grievance procedure’ for issues like this? Also, I think the issue you highlight is another symptom of employing ‘fast track’ graduate types who aint got a fucking clue and have been put in positions way beyond their ‘common sense’ ability. Trust me, it’s not just the police suffering from this ‘disease’, although hell would freeze over before our holiday requests would get refused.

    May 19th, 2008 at 10:08

  5. Fed up says:

    200 – hit the nail on the head yet again. Leave is a total nightmare, and staffing levels either border on the too many seats or not enough seats. 10 years ago there was one man and a chart sorting all the leave out – no problems. Now a team of 4+ and a computer – and the biggest mess I’ve ever seen.

    May 19th, 2008 at 10:36

  6. whichendbites says:

    We got give and take. We give and the management take, take, take.

    The roles are reversed as far as the shafting stick is concerned.

    They give and we take, take, take.

    May 20th, 2008 at 20:47

Leave a comment