Restructure Blues

I hear that Stoke City Council’s benefits section is undergoing yet another restructure, with more redundancies likely. This time the hard-pressed assessors have all been placed and so are not at risk. Despite this, several of them have decided to leave the council, despite the poor state of the jobs market. A widespread feeling of having had enough of being bullied and ignored is now more deeply rooted than Japanese knotweed. And who can blame them?

The principal victims of this restructure seem to be the team leaders. While I wouldn’t wish anyone to be out of a job, I can’t help a feeling of schadenfreude: it wasn’t that long ago when one of them was threatening assessors to work the Vanguard way or else their jobs would be at risk. The person concerned should now think on that, and reflect. (Fat chance).

I will conclude, first by wishing those former colleagues who have left in the recent exodus all the best for the future; and second, with a quote:

We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up in teams we would be reorganised.

I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralisation.

Believe it or not, that was written 2000 years ago.
Draw your own conclusions.


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