Monday, 10 January 2011

Transparency at Work

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The above site link was sent to me by a friend so I had a look round.

'Most BBC staff decide for themselves how long they work...'

That answers a few questions.  Lucky BBC staff.

You really need to click on the one below to read it.  It was sent in a Tweet last night.  My reply was 'surely it's a typo'. The sender, Steve Tierney, is a Tory county councillor.

 Steve Tierney 

@ @ Yes, Im guessing is must be a typo. It must be last year's results. Funny tho. Surprised when I found it. 

 Steve Tierney 

@ "Is that for real?" As far as I know its for real. Was searching for who the candidates were 2011 and google revealed that.

Thanks Steve. We'll just have to wait to see if such a meeting takes place on that date - this year.


Dioclese said...

Confirms what I always suspected - these things are rigged in advance!

Edward Spalton said...

Nothing really sinister on this occasion, I think.Circulars do get repeated without checking, especially (but not only) in public service institutions.

Reminds me of the Post Office back in the Seventies. We had a chap in our office very friendly with a postman who received a duplicated circular about the need for Winter maintenance of Bicycles. One clause read

"The wick of the lamp must be kept properly trimmed at all times".

I would not have believed it, if I hadn't seen it.

Also, I heard of a firm of stationers who supplied Dartmouth Naval College with a special size of paper, known as "gangway paper". They were changing to new machines which would not be amble to produce this size which was a narrower version of foolscap.

The college checked why the special size was being ordered. It went back to the days when the college had been the hulk of a ship and the only place for storing the stationery was a cupboard in a gangway which was too narrow for ordinary paper. In spite of all the buildings ashore, they had gone on ordering the special size of paper - probably for a century, if I recall correctly.

Joe Public said...

I agree with ES's opening statement.

For all the criticism the BBC receives, it, along with many other public & private organisations do have individuals who put in many more than their contracted hours.

However that working-hours directive could have been better-worded to make clear it refers only to those hours above the contracted minimums.

subrosa said...

Somehow Dioclese I'm your side of the fence with this one.

subrosa said...

Edward, you lovely man. If the BBC can't check their public information who can? They're paid a fortune to do so.

Lovely story by the way. It's great to know that folk believed in others in those days - even it is was to their disadvantage.

subrosa said...

And they're very well paid for it Joe believe me. None of them do unpaid overtime and I know that from experience of them.

No Joe, the directive is correct but it was stupid to put it on a public site. Most BBC people do dictate their hours.

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