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Learning lessons… are we?

December 16, 2010


Well, maybe just a little disillusioned!

Let us not kid ourselves; there is a lot of anger out there. Some of it is directed at the Government and those who criticise Local Government no matter what we do. However, some of the anger is actually about Local Government; we do get e-mails or tweets telling us to ‘get a real job’ or to stop moaning as all we are is over-priced pen pushers. The following piece expresses some of this anger but does so without resorting to insults. It is also interesting as the author is a self-described Local Government consultant. The piece is reprinted below:

Having jumped (before the rest of the population) into contracting earlier last year, I have had the privilege to work in three local authorities over the last 18 months.
It amazes me the bounteous delights of commonality between them. I am reminded about the staff away days, the team training sessions, but most of all Directors sharing best practice at highly priced corporate events where a glass of orange juice is likely to set the organisers back by £5.60.
In the area of cuts, restructure and the glittery world of transformation, I am amazed at the lack of learning seeming to take place throughout these highly paid and, at times, overpriced workers.

Just say goodbye, already…

December 9, 2010

Look at them - people don't really care this much...

For about ten minutes yesterday, working in the office was more difficult than usual.  Nothing to do with impending deadlines or oodles of gossip, it was a little stranger than that; we kept getting assaulted by waves of applause for someone who had escaped the clutches of Local Government and were going through their last day here.

Now, I like giving people a good send off as much as Michael Aspel in his This Is Your Life pomp, but when that entails at least six rounds of applause it’s all getting a bit much.  Each peal of hand clapping must have been interrupted by speeches from different people, and must have involved what sounded like half the floor (who were all around the corner, so we couldn’t spy on them easily).

Nobody is liked that much by that many people in their own right, so I assume it must have been someone important that people wanted to be seen to be supporting.  However, I strongly suspect that we may be seeing the start of a new type of competition in the workplace – the big send off. (more…)