Set Up To Fail?

Warning… Wall of text.

At work me and the team I work with are getting strong vibes that the pilot scheme we are working on has been set up to fail.

Yeah, yeah… I know… Strong language. But hear me out.

When we were hired the advertisement was for a job only slightly resembling the job we are doing now. Now that isn’t such a shock to anyone that has ever done a pilot scheme. These things change as new things come to light. Fair enough.

The biggest problem is that the person who set this all up has, from what we were told, done this in a couple of other areas. So why the farcical start up? If he has done this before he should have known the most basic set up issues already and ironed those out in the planning phase. BUT YOU WOULD BE WRONG! O.O

From the get go we had problems.

  • The person who set up the whole scheme was let go immediately after our initial training/setup. More on this one later…
  • The garage we were going to be using was not suitable for us.
  • We were allocated more vehicles than we had spaces for in the garage.
  • We had no logistics trained people to oversee the stores/ordering system. Or even any ordering system in place!
  • No shift rota system was put together until AFTER we had started.
  • We had to change the rota because we were doing too many hours.
  • We are now STILL doing too many hours over the week but because we are doing a 5 out of 7 system it’s all good. (bollocks)
  • There was(lol, is) no official communication between us and the other departments.
  • Our original manager quit within the first month.

Fuck. >.>

From there it has not really gotten any better by the management making changes. WE have been doing that… Literally. And I don’t mean that our acting manager (ex part time weekend supervisor no less!) has been doing it either. It’s us lot on the bottom rung that has been spotting problems, fixing them and TELLING the management what we will be doing from now on…. And they have been ok with that! Holy shit!… I swear there is no oversight in this place.

The other important bit of information that you should probably know is that we are competing against another scheme. Oh yes. Also, that one was started long before ours, uses only temp agency staff and they were set up by professionals, from what we have been told. Rota, logistics, a well set up garage, the whole enchilada.
Not only that but the guy that set up our scheme left ours and then was immediately taken on by, and now highly praises, the other scheme. WTF???!!!

Not only that but we were taken on with a short, fixed term contract. Nothing strange with a pilot scheme. We then got an extension to that scheme… Now things are in the air. We have been given Chinese whispers that we have a 3rd extension, nothing official… But here is the problem. The place I work for, apparently, has a rule that you can’t give someone 3 short term contracts without taking them on full time. Oppsie?

I swear I couldn’t make this up.

So… What now? Well. It appears that whoever set us up to fail has failed… Or we overcame the odds… I’m not sure. Whatever… Moving on. The fact is that on paper we are scoring FAR better than the other scheme is. We have a lot higher vehicle to staff ratio, our vehicles are FAR cleaner, better prepared and we even go fetch vehicles from other stations when they are loaned out to get them cleaned. We even do our own Deep Cleans (imagine stripping your car down to the chassis and cleaning it and then putting it all back in, takes 5 hours) And that seems to have come as a surprise to someone.

So this week I haven’t been posting to my gardening channel, or even here, because I have been working extra hours at work. Mainly because since the scheme started 3 people have quit and not been replaced. We started with 10, we now have 7… And Management decided to send 2 of those, plus our one and only line of official communication, our supervisor, on a course for 2 weeks… YAY! So from 7 we now have 4… And one just went on sick. So 3.

3 people to do the job of 10, and one of those is a fucking wanker, and management see no problems here. *Sigh*
Oh… And a certain someone has pre-booked holidays next week so they are down to 2.


And people wonder why I, and others, think this scheme was set up to fail. >.>

It’s enough to drive a man to drink.


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