Poisonous poodle is clearly barkingOn 8 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Last week’s letter from ‘Anonymous Bitch’ savaging the work ethic in thepublic sector has prompted a flood of responses. Here’s a selection…Well, she says she is a bitch. I couldn’t possibly comment. The public sector is well shot of this poisonous poodle, and we should be asdelighted as a dalmatian with two dictionaries that this dog has decamped toprivate sector kennels. Seriously, it’s a bit sad that her view of the entire public sector revolvesaround her experience in one temporary job. Clive Hodgeon Deputy chief executive, Defence Vetting Agency Hitting right note in wrong manner I may be on my own here, but I agree with everything Anonymous Bitch said. Ijust think it is a shame she phrased it in such a negative manner. I worked in the public sector for two and a half years. I had to leavebecause of the boredom and frustration – it is simply not the real world. In the establishment in which I worked, there was not one person who wasthere beyond 40 hours per week, not one. People took two 30-minute tea breaks aday, lunch lasted anything from one to two hours, and it was worse in therun-up to Christmas. I’m sure there are many genuinely hard working civil servants, but I thinkthey are in the minority. The majority have an extremely ‘cushy’ existence andwill vehemently protect it. There is a rather peculiar interpretation in the civil service of what theterms ‘work’, ‘hard work’, ‘customer focus’ and ‘professional’ mean, and thisseems to be acknowledged by most people except the civil servants. Name and address supplied Anonymous Bitch takes the biscuit I am furious at Anonymous Bitch’s sweeping statements. She obviously doesnot know what she’s talking about. I work for a local authority and a lot of my work is dealing with staff withstress-related illnesses. In my five years’ experience, I do feel that we workhard and deserve some credit for trying to do a job most people would hate. Tasha Carvalho Personnel and training officer, Watford Council Dum dog sweeps reality under mat As with any organisation the size of the NHS, there are bound to be problemswith employees. However, this is the nature of human beings and not areflection of the quality of NHS staff or bad management. It would be a sweeping generalisation to suggest that NHS employees onlytalk about things like Coronation Street over frequent cups of tea. Havingworked both in the private and public sectors, I can confirm that suchdiscussions go on in both sectors and in my opinion as long as it is not toexcess, then it helps with team building. Poor performance is closely managedand the appropriate actions are taken to remedy the situation. What are you going to do? Put NHS employees into isolation booths to reallyencourage them to become productive and team players? Excellent – the oldbattery hen approach. Granted, not all employees of the NHS work long hours (this is, however, asit should be – there is more to life than work). But some do, and that is whythe NHS is actively encouraging employees to take up flexible workingarrangements and is writing policies to encourage staff to work flexible hoursand, indeed, to reduce the amount of hours they put in. Anyone who feels they can make such an informed judgement about the publicsector after only spending a short period of time in it is either the mostobservant of individuals, or somebody who should keep their comments tothemselves. Darren Robson Assistant HR manager, NHS NHS definitely not on sick list I left university in 1997 and worked for several large private companies. I am now employed as an HR adviser in the NHS and work long hours with noextra pay or time off in lieu, I know the hours I put in benefit the patientsand that is my choice. I also know I am valued by my employers. I enjoy the challenges and changes that occur everyday and I wouldn’t goback to working in a private company. While I am sorry this person had such a poor experience, it cannot have beenin the modern NHS, where we cannot afford to employ ‘slow dullards’. She made a sweeping assumption that all public bodies are the same; howwrong Anonymous Bitch is, she is welcome to come and see how hard ourstaffed-starved department works. C J Murray MCIPD Via e-mail Let dozy dogs lie I would love to be able to respond in an appropriate fashion to AnonymousBitch, unfortunately I am too busy and don’t have the time to commit pen topaper to someone who clearly doesn’t know the first thing about working in thepublic sector. Clare Keogh Head of personnel, Oxleas NHS Trust Sorry to read it I was extremely sorry to have read the letter from the ‘Anonymous Bitch’ inPersonnel Today. What was more disappointing was that it was published at all. Chris Border MCIPD Personnel manager, Vehicle Certification Agency Editor’s note: The e-mail address of ‘Anonymous Bitch’ has beentraced and all the responses will be forwarded to her. The letters page is aforum for all views to be shared, regardless of whether Personnel Today agreeswith them. Keep them coming. E-mail yourviews to [email protected] Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.