Increasingly desperate emails being received from senior managers about completing the WL survey, saying it "only" takes 30 minutes, and apparently we can minimise the length of time it takes by only answering questions about our "core tasks"... so do you want it filled out properly or not? Sounds like someone's bonus is at risk...
I've heard that Deloitte is doing a business review of WL and the survey is part of that. They are looking to merge some job roles.
That survey is a massive waste of time and there's something very sinister about it.
The Staff survey it to assess all job roles, see where there are overlaps and act accordingly.
Union advice is not to complete survey.
The advice from Napo might be not to co-operate with this survey, and the cynical might be tempted to say they're hoping for a low response to the following:-
BR 46/2015 TB/KF
To: Branch Chairs, Vice Chairs, Secretaries & Convenors, Family Court SEC Officers and Officials
18th May 2015
URGENT – CONSULTATION ON 2016 AGM
Napo has recently secured a venue for our 2016 AGM in Cardiff at the St David’s Hall. In line with our on going objective to reduce costs, and to run as a efficiently as possible, the AGM planning group has been discussing the future format of our AGM, which is currently the single most expensive event we run. As a democratic union that is member led it is vital that members have a say in how our AGM is organised and how members’ subscriptions are spent.
We currently run a two day conference over three days which adds significant costs to the venue booking fees. As such the AGM planning group has drawn up three options (see below) for members to discuss with a view to finding a more efficient, cheaper but still member led AGM for 2016.
Please circulate these to your Branch/Section members and ask them for feedback. It is a short turn around time for responses as we need to secure the exact dates for 2016 AGM and confirm the booking with them as soon as possible.
Please see the options below:
1. Stay the same – AGM starts currently on Thursday afternoon and runs until Saturday lunch time.
2. Two day conference – Starting on Thursday morning and ending on Friday afternoon.
3. Two day conference – starting Friday morning and ending Saturday afternoon (which reduces the time members need to take off work).
Please send responses to the consultation by MONDAY 1 JUNE.
Regular readers will be aware that I've not mentioned Napo of late, but many may feel the above has worrying hallmarks of some attempt to 'bounce' a decision without adequate discussion or consideration. To me it yet again demonstrates just how dysfunctional things are at the top. There appears to be no visible leadership and the vacuum created has allowed this sort of initiative to appear, seemingly out of nowhere, based on virtually no analysis or adequate explanation and with a completely unreasonable time frame attached.
The 'top table' at Napo just don't seem to 'get it' and I predict some serious unrest within the ranks unless communication improves significantly and there is some sign that the General Secretary is being held to account. There is a rumour that the staff salaries budget has been raided in order to fund a recent bonus for staff, despite a wage increase being turned down last year. I assume the NEC has been fully involved in all key decisions, or is it time for them to be a tad more assertive?