• What You Measure is What You Get.

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    I know enough to know that at 04.00am it gets dark out on the streets. It has done this for the last twenty odd years, to my knowledge and will probably continue for the forseeable future. At some stage in this ‘future’ I shall retire and probably won’t give a damn if it still gets dark at 04.00am. Until then I shall be out there, somewhere, lurking in the shadows because someone, somewhere will be doing stuff they shouldn’t and then, well then I will introduce myself. In the meanwhile I shall try to remain sane and remember why I joined in the first place and try to ignore all the people who piss me off by making the job more complicated than it should be.
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    “We trained very hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising. It can be a wonderful method of creating the illusion of progress while creating confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation.”......Petronius
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A,B,C, its as easy as 1,2,3.

Well its interesting when you speak to colleagues from other areas or Forces and see that itis not only you that has a rather large volume of paperwork that you feel is irrelevant, unnecessary and adds to the burden of paperwork you already have to do as part of your effort to justify yourself. The management line appears to be that this is highly relevant to do and is essential. Essential for who ? Essential to what goal ? Certainly not to anyone who has to complete them, apparently.

I now understand what the unwelcome envelope that arrives for some contains, when they dare open it, not an invitation to a late night candlelight supper or free cinema tickets but something else, a little more daunting and unwelcome. The additional level of time taken to complete said forms always seems to go down very well with the protagonists. Unlike the 5 minutes a day itis alleged they will take.

Its as easy as 1,2,3. Do you believe that ?

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6 Responses

  1. Paperwork,the bane of my life, Hate it!

  2. ummm…no actually, I don’t believe it.

    Just like I don’t believe that filling in my Self-Assessment will be painless.

    And that I will find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, or in the tooth fairy, or Santa Claus.

    But maybe that’s because I’m cynical.

  3. Activity based costing I believe. Aaaaaaaagh. Little boxes, if you pick one from A also choose one from B etc etc. NIGHTMARE.

    Good to see you’re well bud.
    Benj

  4. Don’t get me started with the bloody ABC nonsense. I am seriously thinking of sending mine to a tabloid.

    What to do if we only spend 7.5 minutes on once catagory? fill in half a box?

  5. Let’s keep things in perspective. “1, 2, 3” is not that easy for some people. Frank Chalk’s clients spring to mind.

  6. Could you not get ‘an agency’ to complete the ruddy forms for you? I’m sure that nobody reads them anyway.

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