Communicating with staff by email is a really blunt way of doing so. Much better to talk to everyone in small groups.From: First Team
Sent: 23 November 2012 17:11
Subject: Weekly message from the Deputy Chief Executive
This week has obviously been dominated by the news of Capita being named as the officer recommendation for the NSCSO contract.
The announcement of the details and of the business case has surprised people in two ways. Externally observers seem taken aback by the scale of the savings the council will receive - £125 million over the lifetime of the contract with an extra £8 million investment in the service as the contract starts.
Internally staff affected have undoubtedly been surprised by the rapid scale and pace of transformation.
The two are obviously connected.
197 posts could leave the borough for other towns in England and Northern Ireland by December 2013. For people with a partner working in London and children in London schools, the thought of upping sticks and moving to the north of England is probably unappealing. But it is important for those of you affected that you shouldn't immediately think the only alternative is redundancy.
Capita, if they are confirmed as our partners, are a large organisation with 50,000 staff and they will be committed to finding alternative roles within the company for NSCSO staff wherever possible.
In the meantime, screensavers and posters advertise the range of support available for anyone who would like to take it up, both in relation to NSCSO and budget savings.
Andrew (Black Hole Travers)
Please define "unappealing" in the comment box below.
The council treat employees as a commodity and don't give a tinker's cuss for their lives and feelings. They disgust Mr Mustard.
This Friday joke isn't, of course, at all funny.
An open apology to Mr Travers
Apostrophes cause so much trouble. In this case the message, sent to me by several sources unfortunately came in an incorrect version first and a correct version later. When changing from one email format to another the apostrophe often turns into a comma and my informant tidied up the email and accidentally deleted the end of the word "shouldn't". I am sorry that an incorrect version was published (see Brian, look how quick and easy an email can be!).