I have previously written concerning twitter and how the medium is being relentlessly exploited by corporate bodies for the dissemination of 'good news' stories. It's now felt to be the perfect medium to use if you wish to engage with a young audience, and it seems probation is proving to be no exception in this regard. Full of relentlessly upbeat stuff, these corporate tweets could easily influence the young and impressionable.
Just by way of balance, I thought I might draw a little attention to the harsh reality as reported by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight branch of NAPO. They have recently conducted a staff survey on the issue of work-related stress and although I'm not at all surprised by the findings, others might be. Significant numbers of staff reported symptoms such as depression and sleeplessness due to work levels, deadlines and unsympathetic management. I strongly believe that similar results would flow if the exercise were repeated in other Trusts.
I'm trying to think what the response from management will be in this modern surreal world of newspeak? Surely not the standard 'ah, that survey was conducted some time ago - changes have been made and things have improved - much has been done, but there's a lot more to do'. It's about 140 characters, so just about tweetable.
Once more I seem to have slipped quietly back into deeply cynical, grumpy mode. Fortunately for me an antidote is at hand. It's a Bank Holiday and seeing as I'm a product of the Elizabethan Age, I'm off to London to celebrate. Cheers!