Here goes - another day of crushing anxiety; of processing forms on a crap IT system; of facing accusations of being a dinosaur, a Luddite, a whinger; of grinding my way through innumerable tedious emails full of ersatz enthusiasm for a lost cause, or "instructions", or warnings about IT being "down" or how to "work around" another fuck up (i.e. it don't work properly so we've come up with yet another Heath Robinson solution - "hold your breath, turn around twice, switch it off & on again, do a handstand and it should be okay").
Twenty years so far - I'm now counting the days to any possible exit that might present itself. Its a disgraceful state of affairs when such a critical public service is reduced to a circus clown show by a blinkered government.
We've lost 5 SPOs over the past year plus 2 x ACO - it has to be said these had all hit 60 but TR put the final nail in the coffin. A recent SPO has resigned in protest at TR and their poor view of our current management.
As an SPO, we have noted that staff have stopped volunteering for roles like Fire Marshalls, First Aiders, NAPO roles, task and finish groups etc. Goodwill gone, many waiting to see which bidder gets their area and what their proposals are before looking to leave, others waiting for redundancy. Probation, both NPS and CRCs, are watching and waiting to see what the end state is before deciding their intentions. Bidders have an insurmountable barrier to re-engaging staff. 'Motivational speeches' from the CEO of a multi-national will fail to bring most on board and it will be decades before the damage to morale is repaired.