Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Park And Reflect

Since I restarted this blogging malarky I've tried not to write about work too much. Not through any fear of people finding out, reprisals or whatever but simply because I think I did too much of that first time around and no-ne else is interested. You can read the archives if you really like.

But today I have to get stuff off my chest because I am not a happy bunny.

I've moved around within my team/department over the last 12 years and every time have had to bite my tongue about what the people who come after me have done to and with the legacy I left behind.

So, for example, highly praised timetable books have been dropped, maps are no longer geographically accurate, connecting routes don't meet up any more, newlsetters have been dropped, awards have not been re-won. It is hard to see things I put time and effort into disappear, especially when they have been well received in the real world and people still contact me rather than my successors in the hope of getting a straight answer.

Now we have a new Government slashing our budgets, and a major casualty is one of the three Park & Ride sites I did my best to build, run and develop. For a county committed to going green I can only see this as a short-sighted blow. Where other departments get "invest to save" money we just seem to lose out. I am sure a bit of decent marketing and genuine customer focus could do wonders, bring in more punters and cut the costs in the medium term, but it seems that is not an option.

But what annoys me most is reading about it in the local paper before being told internally. That really is not on.

If our bosses want us to stick with them through these troubled times then communications have to be sorted out and staff have to know before Joe public.

Too late for them to change their minds now, but I hope that future cuts and changes will be reflected on a bit more and those of us who actually care about getting things done can be kept a bit more in the loop.


Ishouldbeworking said...

Sounds grim, and horribly familiar. Probably a lament that will be repeated many thousands of times up and down the country in the next week or so. You have my sympathy.

Cocktails said...

Bloody hell, Simon, that is terrible. I would be absolutely incensed to find out things via the press rather than internally. That is no way to treat your staff, let alone keep them on your side. You have every right to be angry.

And as for dropping your initiatives, that must be devastating. Particularly since most people don't expect their local authority to be spending their budgets on inaccurate maps and poor transport options! And this government is meant to be the Greenest ever. Hmmmmm...

Simon said...

Cheers both.

I am resolving to keep as positive as possible throughout the whole thing, but it is going be tricky as the cuts really bite.

Maybe the income protection insurance I got talked into will come in handy after all!

John Medd said...

A depressing story, one that will be played out up and down Our Sceptred Isle over the coming months if not years. I really like your photo; it puts me in mind of the Nottingham Playhouse mirror.

Simon said...

John - cheers. It is the Willis building in Ipswich as designed by Norman Foster.

Emma said...

I'm sorry to hear about this Simon, when I saw it in the paper last week I knew you wouldn't be a happy bunny, but to hear about it first through the press is shocking.
This government seems to be hell bent on cutting useful services and things which would have saved them money in the long run....please try and keep positive.

As of this Friday I will have an unemployed Police radio expert in the house - his entire department has been dissolved. I just hope this government don't require the Emergency Services to actually communicate with each other....

And these are just examples of the things we know about......eek.

Simon said...

Cheers. I wondered what some of the comments elsewhere were alluding to, but didn't want to pry.