As you cannot fail to be aware, the UK is going through a massive planning exercise to remove large sums of expenditure from the public sector. It\’s not nice, but it\’s a necessary part of getting government spending down to lower levels so that the country can live within its means.
I have a suggestion. In many local councils and government bodies there is a swathe of jobs in recently popular areas. The jobs are a declaration by the body that they take an issue seriously and are taking steps to sort it. I\’m thinking of jobs in environmental, diversity, promotion of recycling, you know the sort of thing I mean – jobs that pay £30-50,000 a year (along with the associated employers and benefits costs).
Compare this with the real world of manufacturing which is part of an economy that actually generates money for the country rather than just spending it (OK that\’s perjorative, but not unfair). There, as far back as the 80\’s Quality departments were under pressure as manufacturing costs had to be clawed back for businesses to survive. The thinking then (and some of this came from the Japanese manufacturing world), was that everyone has a responsibility in the company for quality. It wasn\’t a bolt on feature that came after the widget came off the line – it had to be built in, every member of staff had to understand their role in ensuring that quality was to the necessary standards.
I propose the same for all these jobs in local and national government and organisations like the BBC.
Any job that relates to a policy that should be embraced by all staff, and acted upon universally should be removed and those responsibilities transferred to all staff as part of their normal job requirements.
So for instance: promoting equality in the workplace. Everyone in any workplace should know that they are required to be fair to all people irrespective of race, creed, colour, religion, sexual orientation, shoe size (OK, that\’s a joke). Anyone failing to do that should be processed by the organisation\’s hierarchy as a natural part of employment. It does not need a flotilla of staff within the organisation to ensure this.
Equally for an organisation that requires this of it\’s clientele (a local council for instance), the staff should also be able, trained, and required to ensure that the treatment of the clientele, and (if necessary) the behaviour of the clientele is appropriate and reasonable. We don\’t need a bunch of highly paid staff to ensure that this happens.
The bottom line is that government funded bodies need to learn to integrate their policies and standards into day to day life, and stop employing expensive staff who only create policies and procedures that self justify, and then create a further workload to ensure that the incumbents positions are secure.