As I sit at my desk, eating a slice of cake that was brought in for our ‘nibbles’ session – Don’t worry, it didn’t cost the tax payer anything, we paid for it all ourselves as a way to try and improve communication/networking within the Department – I find I can no longer finish it.
I’ve lost my appetite.
I stare at the crumbs on the plate and can’t help but think that’s all we have to look forward to in this new era of fiscal austerity and the impending ‘Slasher’ Spending Review.
I’m being squeezed. Cut head count. Lose contract staff. Reduce your cost. Stop travelling. Don’t print out in colour. Don’t print double sided. Don’t order any stationary ( should I tell them my stapler is broke?). Don’t do any systems development ( should I tell them that it’s not me that changes the requirements, it’s Treasury, Cabinet Office, No. 10, that necessitate the corresponding system updates/upgrades?).
What do I *stop* doing?
I’m not hearing an answer to that.
When I explain the risks and consequences of losing contract staff, I somewhat feel that I’m being listened to, but it’s not really registering. I’m also not being given any assurances about being able to retrain existing staff in the necessary skills and qualifications to bridge the gap……..
This all leaves me feeling rather uneasy, stressed out and feeling that I’m living with am impending timebomb over my head. Cause systems and processes will begin to fail… They will fall over… We will miss key deadlines…..And I simply wont be in a position to fix it anymore. I won’t have the skills or experienced staff in place in my team to help me pick up the pieces.
There will be no more room for innovation, we will be too busy just trying to hold things together at best.
These are the consequences of the decisions to cut specialist contract staff.