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Sometimes when I really think about what's happened.. I verge between anger despair and disbelief.
Yep! And sad x
I just feel so very very sad, frustrated and a bit lost in it all. I keep thinking it can't get worse. Then it does.
Yeah for me this week has been a bad one. But not as bad as my workmates in Working Links CRC.
Been tearing my hair out all week just to be told that today, as a PSO, my job in West Yorkshire CRC is safe but admin and POs and managers still have to apply for their own jobs by 4th April. Sickening. xx
Makes me so damn angry. We went though about 6 months of not knowing if we had jobs or not. Really feel for everyone going through what we went through some months back.
This time yesterday I was in tears trying to get my head around how to write 2000 words to demonstrate why I can do my job after 8 year's service. They've now decided that they need all PSOs due to workloads. A relief for me but still so much unnecessary stress and anxiety. And still feel for people in other roles who still have to do it. I don't understand why, if workloads are so high, that they don't need the same ratios of other staff. x
No offence but PSO's are doing the job they said you had to be a PO to do a few years back....Just at a cheaper rate without as much investment and training. Don't get me wrong, some PSO's are very capable and can do just as good a job, it's just the fact they keep changing the goal posts for cheaper labour. X
That's what it's all about isn't it? Getting people to do more for less money and expecting people to do stuff that previously they were told they couldn't.
Yep it's true. I work with high risk people on my groups. Even though I'm supposed to only work with low to medium risk. I've done my degree and worked with offenders for years but yep it's still work that they have previously said POs should do. x
The goal posts get changed to suit what's happening at the time.
CAs in our CRC are the first to be at risk.
I think it's an absolute disgrace the way staff are being treated. It's an insult.
It really is. I deliver Accredited Programmes and was today told I'd got a high score (in treatment management) in my team for delivering TSP. But at that point I still thought I had to apply for my job. Our admin colleagues are fantastic and we need them. All of them. I feel so bad for them. We're working with society's most risky people but we're just numbers. xx
I know I'd be lost without my CA. Yes we are just numbers. CRC owners just thinking about profit. NPS it still seems to be about reducing costs too.
We have no admin support in our new office. Everything is through our lovely Hub colleagues. One centralised office that deals with all admin for 4 counties.......
Is that even with the IOM?
We lost our dedicated IOM admin about 2 years ago....
CRC in Devon Cornwall and Dorset are going into Admin hubs I've heard.
It's very reliant on automated processes via ndelius. Hmmmmm say no more.
Actually IOM admin has had to go back to main office. As I'm NPS my CA at main office has always had to do my IOM admin
Our admin are going into 2 hubs too. To cover the whole of the North (Liverpool to Hull). And we're meant to be getting a whole new computer system....still no idea what it looks like!
Or if it will work!!
IOM. Don't make me laugh. If l was a CRC being paid by results l would put absolutely nothing into prolific offenders. What is the point they will very likely offend. No first time drink drivers is where its at. They will provide a return on my investment.
Hmmmm... most drink drivers are prolific. ..they just didn't get caught til now!
I recall a business analyst interviewed on the radio when CRCs were first starting up - he said it made no business sense to aim for high quality outcomes and the performance related pay element of these contracts as you'd put a lot of resources in for very limited likelihood of success. The trick is to do the basics with as cheap labour and overheads as possible, collect the basic funding and still make a profit.
And yep makes total sense. Supermarket probation. Stack it high and sell it cheap.
Sadly, so true. Glad I am out.
Hang on in there. (not that I did...)
Funniest thing ever was seeing an NPS admin colleague storm upstairs and rip out a toner from a CRC printer, as the NPS had lost all printing abilities. Somebody actually shouted 'Theft'....this actually got reported!
I imagine that it's all down to frustration with the mess we're all in. We're lucky that we don't have that in our office. That said, we have 5 printers in our small building and we're lucky if even one of them works.....
CRC staff at KPO and WPO can't print at mo though, can they? Due to the IT switchover? X
I didn't know that x
That's what I've heard. X
Oh we can. Most of us are still using lotus notes!!
Can't print from laptops but given that we are reliant on poor wifi or our 'hotspot' (which fails if someone calls you) to log in I tend to give up and use the old system!
Our "wifi" is shit! And yep, have that problem with the hotspot. Really useful if you get a call which usually involves looking something up but connection gets lost due to the call interrupting the signal which then causes laptop to freeze and you can't access anything.
Oh I thought you had the wires there? Not seen these but heard these act as a direct connection? What a load of old..
Yes, we do but the iPhone hotspot thingy is pants if remote working (from CRI, etc). Also, if I am sat wired up but need to move laptop, when you disconnect, it loses the connection so you have to log off in order to change to wireless connection.
You've just got to laugh eh!! you couldn't make this up!!
Good grief what farce.
We ran out of paper the other day....!
You couldn't make it up could you? X
I think Office Depot ran out of paper lol!!
Ours hadn't been ordered! 😯
Oh dear! We did but were told they had none
Our CRC colleagues moved out of our office a couple of weeks ago - D-Day was the Thurs - so Fri night we ALL (even our cleaners came) went out for food & drinks. Safe to say it was a sad - but great night... they won't beat us if we stick together :-)