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February 2nd, 2010

Micro managers

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

No, I don’t mean small sergeants but those obsessed with getting involved in absolutely everything.

I’ve been working recently with a team I’m not famiar with. This always presents problems to controllers; you have absolutely no idea about the dynamics of the way the officers work, you don’t know any of the officers, which means you don’t know their personalities or capabilities.

I wasn’t filled with confidence when my colleague with whom I was sharing the division, said: “Do you know Sergeant Wombat? shes a knob.”
It’s always great when the focal point of the shift is a knob, it makes your job as a controller so much more difficult.

It wasn’t long before I got to see what my colleague meant. Sgt. Wombat is one of those supervisors who apparently has absolutely zero trust in her own team, to the extent that she feels the need to micro-manage absolutely everything.

She spends more time on the radio than all the other officers put together. This is usually finding out who is doing what asking for updates on every ongoing  job.

She clearly doesn’t feel comfortable leaving people to get on with the job or to let people consult her if when they think it necessary. She has to know the ins & outs of a cat’s arse on who is doing what, when, why & how.

So when we had a potentially serious RTC on the division this week, sticking her oar in every 2 minutes just pissed everyone off, including me.
Traffic officers are often some of the most experienced officers on the streets. They usually know their job pretty well too. You can rely on them to knuckle down do their job pretty thoroughly & professionally. They know what’s required & how to do it. A section acting sergeant with 10 minutes in the job & no road policing experience doesn’t. Sticking stripes on your arm doesn’t give you knowledge or experience.

Sgt Wombat’s supervisory style takes the form of calling up every 30 seconds making helpful suggestions about where the traffic units should be deployed, what they should do when they get there everything else up to including the best filler for their sandwiches.

Every time she speaks on the radio is time that neither I nor the traffic units can speak & quite frankly, what we have to say is more important than the inane suggestions &  questions she keeps asking. If knowledge is power, being devoid of knowledge is paralysingly. At least I think that’s what Sgt Wombat thinks. Her only saving grace is that at least she is out on the street, in her car, & making her way to it also. Not like the micro-managers who are even worse in that they just sit on their arse in an office barking orders & instructions & never offering to help when you’re short of units.

In the end I get fed up & I speak for all parties when I say “Can you just leave it to traffic to sort out”, in an exasperated attempt to get her to shut the fuck up.

This is met by a few seconds of silence then “Can you ring me on my mobile?” Like if I had time to ring you on your mobile I wouldnt be telling you to shut up so I can get out on the radio to deal with the incident that is currently running.

My colleague leans over & touches me on the arm, “I told you she was a knob.”