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Welcome to my blog. My pen name is Eva James. I'm an aspiring writer paying the bills working as a legal secretary. Relentlessly bullied by my former boss, I looked for another job but the recession hit. Feeling trapped, I recorded everything in this blog, which serves as a revealing insight into workplace bullying. WEEK 1 starts the story and, as the weeks progress, you'll note what starts as banter soon spirals out of control. Sadly, it's all true. Whilst along the way I've found alternative employment, my passion for blogging about workplace bullying remains. Trevor Griffiths, legendary theatre, TV and film writer said at the outset, "I like the writing a lot: smart, cool, placed. If you were prepared/able to take your prick of a boss on, you'd marmelise him."

Saturday, 26 May 2012

WEEK 228 Olympic Games

The controversial employment report commissioned by David Cameron and prepared by Adrian Beechcroft has hit the headlines again. The contents, of course, were leaked to the Telegraph last November, but it was published earlier this week.

The crux of the report is that Beechcroft recommends making it easier for employers to sack staff that they don’t like. Labour have rightly dubbed it ‘fire at will’.

Again, a Business Minister was wheeled out to explain that these measures are necessary. With the threat of global competition, employees must surrender their rights or the UK economy is sunk.

It’s hardly an Olympian attitude to global competition. Can you imagine this kind of sports psychology at the Olympic village?

“In 2012, Olympians, we’re not going to out-perform the competition by pushing ourselves harder and creatively excelling. No we won’t. We’ll do the same thing we’ve always done, but we’ll get rid of anyone in the athletics team we don’t like the look of. Working with people we don’t like is toxic for Olympic success. ”   

And that’s what this report comes down to – blame someone else and use it as an excuse to make questionable employment reforms. The problem with this business model, of course, it that you have to keep finding people to blame and employee scapegoats to “take one for the team”. 

Where will it end? I have a feeling it ends with us fighting amongst ourselves whilst other, wiser countries take to the podium for their bronze, silver and gold.

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"A Labour MP has told the House of Commons that UK businesses need better management rather than deregulation."
BBC Democracy Live, 24 May 2012

There is a quite well known (and respected, but not sometimes easily by library staff) commentator and activist in the field of libraries who has quite publicly and on national media said the problem with the public libraries is that they are so badly managed. I actually disagree with him here, they managed the introduction of IT well - remember the green screen catalogues and when our old cards changed to electronic bar codes; they managed the Internet well with the People's Network; and no one cannot argue that the library while maybe often uninspiring as a work or art, it is by all counts an extremely competent creation.

The problem was though when the public sector cuts started to bite there was a thought and feeling that the current demolition of the service if nothing else might act as a kind of catharsis, a purifying and healing of the public sector. The guilty collective consciousness of the past sins of the public libraries came back to haunt them as they reflected on their current predicament.

I agreed with Tim Coates (the campaigner and library reformer mentioned above) but by no means entirely. Maybe if I were to hypothesize, librarianship has a great long term perspective (and we would expect no less), but frontline librarian library management sometimes is found lacking. The feeling of guilt was maybe a reflection of a lot of people taking the opportunity to point out at a point where the libraries were on their knees that there were actually a few gripes that people had with libraries and that had been ignored for many years. Everething was by no means the picture libraries painted of themsevles through rose tinted glasses. (This falls under the subject heading of 'bad librarians' - they exists, believe me, e.g., there is a great deal of bullying in libaries, the tip of the iceberg of the corruption underneath -- but the mission of public libraries is to fight against these conditions, raising our culture, society and civilisation, not to drag it down even further!)

My point anyway, and that I made in reply to a few of Tim Coates' blog posts, was that sacking staff will not improve public services, the bad apples will just make a move back in on the sector if indeed it is them who are the ones who wind up getting the sack in the first place, and the whole thing will just go full circle. If you want to raise the public sector services, you need a more highly skilled and trained staff (more experienced, knowledgeable, a more motivated staff with a more finely tuned intellect). And this most certainly and as a critical success factor has to include management. Sacking staff is not a strategy for organisation development - a policy of financial catharsis is going to have the opposite effect.

You would have heard me saying at the time as well (to my local MP as it happens) that I wondered if the Conservatives were actually the party of management they like to give the impression of themselves as being, they do not seem to be delivering policies for improved public sector services, which a half decent manager would be doing in their sleep.

Thanks for the post :)


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