Archive for January 2nd, 2009

January 2nd, 2009

I’ll take the Sauna & Brunch

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I can’t say I’ve suffered any stresses at work, but I have had a few strains. I managed to injure my back once which gave me a bout of sciatica, I think I was off work for 3 weeks. The job didn’t do anything for me, come to that neither did the doctor. I ended up lying on a bed in a sparsely decorated office, semi naked, while a young blond jumped on my bones, and not in a good way.

I’m not sure whether I preferred the sciatica or having my neck twisted off my torso in a kind of surprised, unannounced way. And to make matters worse, I was actually paying for the privilege.

Which brings me to the subject of today’s blog; head massages. It appears that I may be in the wrong force. The BBC reports that Sussex Police are paying for their call centre staff to have head massages. Apparently, they’ve been doing it for 3 years but their current contract for head massagers has run out & they’re advertising for a new contract.

Some people are criticising spending some ten grand on massages for staff out of the police budget, but the Sussex chief says it’s money well spent. “This is nothing new in organisations where staff are employed in call handling work.

“We recognise that our hard working staff can be sitting in set positions at their desks for long periods, taking calls and dealing with a wide variety of challenging issues.

“This service is a way of relieving the pressure.”

Nothing new? nothing new?? Someone needs to speak to the people that run our control room!