Monday, June 09, 2008

Not Without My Teddy

The author of this post is not The Devil's Kitchen

Gregor Gall describes new management techniques as "making public sector workers' lives a misery".

Just what are the horrendously awful conditions that these workers are having to operate in? Er...
In one HRMC [sic] office in the north west of England, local management established what the workers there have labelled a "Guanteddymo Bay". All staff's teddy bears were removed, staff said, by "dawn raids" and "special rendition" from their desks and placed in a locked glass case so the workers can still see their teddy bears but not touch them.

Let's take a few seconds to take that in. These workers' major beef with their management is that they had their teddies taken away!?

How fucking old are these people? Has the HMRC introduced a new policy of recruiting straight from primary schools without telling us? And as for "Guanteddymo Bay" - words fail me.

I'm not sure what's funnier. The fact that there are people employed by our Government who require a teddy bear on their desk in order to do their jobs, or that Mr Gall saw fit to tell us about this on CiF and (presumably) expected his concerns to be taken seriously!

13 comments:

g1lgam3sh said...

Can you believe the sheer gall of that twat.

leg-iron said...

I think it's a great idea.

If the expenses don't add up at the end of the month, Teddy gets waterboarded.

I wonder if this would work in the House of Commons? Better yet, apply electrodes to the seats...

Longrider said...

The teddy bear silliness aside, he has a basic point. The management technique is absurd and disorienting. So typical of the civil service and government thinking - if thinking is the right word...

the doctor said...

I beg to differ , if anyone touches my Teddy , be prepared to die !

g1lgam3sh said...

" the doctor said...

I beg to differ , if anyone touches my Teddy , be prepared to die !

6/09/2008 07:13:00 PM"

You should be OK, I don't think they're talking lingerie.

Forwarded your blog around a bit btw, hope you don't mind.

Exile said...

Yeah, except what you are doing is twisting the article to make a silly point. If people want to keep crap on their desks, then management filth had better have a bloody big stick to enforce their desire that said crap be removed.

What we are looking at here is control over the work process. Sorry, but we don't go to work because we give a shit, we go for the money and we expect things to be done our way.

And I had just blogged something nice about you!

Devil's Kitchen said...

Exile,

So I saw. You might notice that Ian QT is the author and not myself.

Just to make this clear again, folks; I invite people to write here because I invite them to do so.

It does not mean that I agree with them all the time (e.g. Bookdrunk, Martin), but because I happen to like their writing and I thought it might be fun to shake things up from time to time.

DK

Jones said...

....and if you take more than five minutes away from your desk, you miserable wage slave, the Teddy Bear gets it!

Seriously, I always wondered why some people had to make a 'nest' at their desk. Was home life so cruddy they had to have a cosy refuge at their workplace? Such observed behaviour was often exhibited by the kind of people who spun their entire social lives around their workplace. Sad really.

Alan Douglas said...

Well come on, if YOU had to work for HMRC, do the Broon one's dirty work for him, wouldn't YOU want a comfort blanket always to hand ?

Alan Douglas

Rob said...

It is a Hate Crime.

Public Service Troll said...

Freedom for Teddy!

Anonymous said...

So let's get this right. The HMRC, still reeling from the bungled merger, totally at sea after the office closures, overwhelmed by complex budget measures and undone by post-budget u-turns, while running a six-month mail backlog; this organisation's management thinks the most useful thing it can do is to take away the staff's teddies ? Sack Them All !

And for 'jones', some people do like / need to personalise their workspace. As a manager, you have to get the best out of people as they are, even if they aren't quite the same as you.

JuliaM said...

"Seriously, I always wondered why some people had to make a 'nest' at their desk. Was home life so cruddy they had to have a cosy refuge at their workplace?"

Probably the opposite - the job is so soul destroying, that a reminder of home is a comfort....

"The HMRC, still reeling from the bungled merger, totally at sea after the office closures, overwhelmed by complex budget measures and undone by post-budget u-turns, while running a six-month mail backlog; this organisation's management thinks the most useful thing it can do is to take away the staff's teddies ?"

Well, it can't do anything about those other things, so here's a way it can 'talk tough'....