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How to manage a team into the ground

This is only just my second day back at work, and already I'm in need of another break. Yesterday was extremely busy, and today looks set to be shaping up the same; but the worst thing is that in my absence, Jobsworth has imposed an even more strict regime on everybody and they're all desperately trying to dance to his tune. All but me, of course, as first of all, I know my rights under the law and secondly, I don't give a shit; but the others are all trying to work to his exacting standards while quietly cursing him behind his back.

In an effort to increase our productivity, he has ordained that from now on, we will only have 30 minutes break in the day. That's lunch, and cigarette or coffee breaks all rolled into one. If one person so much as takes 3 minutes extra on any given day, the rest of us will have to stay behind at least 15 minutes to make up for it. Of course, that's strictly illegal and I can't see there's any way he can enforce it, but still...

Coming in late, even by as little as 1 minute, will be treated as willful disregard and may ultimately lead to dismissal.

We all have to give him a full report of our day's transactions in writing at close of business, plus he may ask us to update him on our activities at any given moment of the day.

And, in an effort to spur us on to greater achievements, he has also informed us that by the end of the year, the team will have been significantly downsized. There would be no safety in seniority, only in increased productivity. And by the way, there will be no pay rises this year, either.

I'll be re-doubling my efforts to try and find work closer to home, but under the current climate, I really don't care if I should find it farther away instead.



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Jan. 17th, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)
The man is mental.
Jan. 17th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
::nods in agreement::.

Doolally. Off his trolley. Mad as a hatter. Totally Insane with a capital I.

But I'm not entirely sure there's no method in his madness...
Jan. 17th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
He wants you all to leave?
Jan. 17th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
He's certainly going about it the right way! Or he would be if the others weren't all on temporary contracts anyway, and afraid to rock the boat.
Jan. 17th, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
That is... mad.
Jan. 17th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
No argument there!
Jan. 17th, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
I'm fairly sure that one 30 minute break in a full shift is not up to the requirements of EU Health and Safety, or possibly Employment legislation, although I guess it depends on the length of your shift - worth checking though. Tell the idiot that if he's downsizing he can start with you - if he dismisses you you'll get unemployment - and if he dismisses you and doesn't replace you you could claim to have been made redundant after all. It for sure doesn't sound like a fun place to work!
Jan. 17th, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
Hmm - I think the working time directive only specifies that a break of no less than 30 minutes must be given in any shift longer than 6 hours for adults - the break of 30 minutes per 4 hours is for 'young workers'. But it is subject to locally agreed policy, and national law as well so there might be something....
Jan. 17th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, under Dutch law a 30 minute break is the required minimum for an 8 hour shift. However, there's also the so-called CAO to take into consideration here in The Netherlands, which is basically a gentlemen's agreement that is binding for the whole industry, and that stipulates a 15 minute break in the morning and another 15 minute break in the afternoon, on top of the half an hour's lunch, as the bare minimum for our sector. CAOs are enforcable in law.
Jan. 17th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
Erm... I think it might be time for the men in white coats to cart Jobsworth off to the Funny Farm.

Why aren't personnel biting his crazy ass?
Jan. 17th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
I have a sneaking suspicion that HR aren't biting his crazy ass because the more people leave of their own volition, the less they'll have to pay in redundancy...Either that or they simply haven't heard of his latest infringements yet. But they will! I'm not in the Worker's Council just for the hell of it...
Jan. 17th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
If they are downsizing isn't that good news ? It may mean that you get a nice big redundancy package and you get to leave! YAY?
Jan. 17th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
And that was exactly what I was thinking the first time I heard about what changes he'd put forward in that team meeting I didn't want to go to and took a few days off to avoid...;-)
Jan. 17th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
WTF?! He's insane, a petty little despot. I think he needs to be taken down a peg or two...
Jan. 17th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
The trouble is that noone with any clout seems to eb willing to do something about it. I've complained to higher management about his mismangement before, and the response has been first, to tell me to sort things out with him on a one-to-one basis, with good conversation and a glass of wine almost; and later, to promote him to a higher level in the European organisation, which means that by the end of the year, he will bugger off to manage another sector in Germany...
Jan. 17th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
[picks up jaw where it has fallen open] OMG. It is so hard to believe the man is that ignorant to think that he can get away with these things. Or is it that he believes there is no one to catch him so that he has free reign? As you redouble your efforts to find something new, I will redouble my good wishes and support going your way.
Jan. 17th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
As you redouble your efforts to find something new, I will redouble my good wishes and support going your way.

Thank you; I will remember that. As for Jobsworths and delusions of grandeur -- the mind simply boggles, doesn't it?
Jan. 17th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
As for Jobsworths and delusions of grandeur -- the mind simply boggles, doesn't it?
It certainly does.
Jan. 17th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
do you have a union? This is so very wrong and almost certainly illegal . This guy needs aformal complaint making against him and the downsizing needs to start with him!
Jan. 17th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
It so happens I joined up and became a fully paid up member of a union last December. So if push comes to shove, I can and will take it to the unions.
Jan. 17th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Don't wait fir push to come to shove, talk to your union , get advice and start gathering evidence now. You don't need them to act straight away but you can be building up a strong case for when you do decide to take action.
Jan. 18th, 2006 07:26 am (UTC)
What an ass!

Seems like it would be completely illegal as well - others have to stay late because 1 person was late back from lunch (?) I think not.
Jan. 18th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
Like I said, I can't see that there's any way he can enforce that idiotic rule. Honestly, I wonder what planet the man thinks he's on...
Jan. 18th, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
I'm really very sorry to hear this. And quite shocked too. I had always thought that Dutch working hours were some of the more leniant ones in the EU. That's terrible that you've struck such an unforgiving boss.
I wish you every success with the job hunt. May you find something SOON!
Jan. 18th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
As they say, 'from your lips to God's ear'!
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