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Amusing if it wasn't so tragic

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So my current employer (for another two weeks) decided to email us all today to tell us that they could no longer afford to employ the cleaners who come in after 5pm and clean the toilets, offices and kitchen.

The email requested that we all empty our own waste bins at the end of each day.

The branch manager came in and spoke to us about this. We all said we were happy to empty our bins and the others even agreed, with minor reservations about time usage, to vacuum the carpet occasionally.

Then this happened:

ME: So who is going to clean the toilets?
BM: Well, we all just need to clean up our own mess.
ME: Um, there is a bit more to keeping a toilet clean than just wiping away any remaining, er, stuff with a loo brush.
BM: (Scornfully) Like what? All you do is squirt a bit of bleach down there.
ME: Um, well you have to actually scrub the toilet occasionally, and the floors around the urinals need mopping on a regular basis, and...
BM: (Angry) Every other office has been okay about this and you lot are all doom and gloom!
[BM STORMS OUT STAGE RIGHT, ASIDE TO ME AS HE LEAVES:]
BM: I don't know why you are worried - you won't even be here!

I drew two conclusions:

  • I am getting out of this company at the right time.
  • My branch manager's wife cleans their toilet.


  • I can laugh, obviously, but people I quite like still have to work there, God help them.

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    Very little dev this week. Head is all over the place now I'm on the countdown to escape that place. No Weekend Reading for Aardvajk this week.

    But the day after I finish at the company who shall remain nameless, I get to spend four days drunk in a field at a music festival then I have a week off to work on my game before I start the new job, so hopefully we'll get kick started again then if not before.
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    That's just WOW!!! Not to mention just sick, they're willing to can their cleaners and leave the toilets uncleaned to save a few bucks? What happens if the toilet got plugged and over flowed with crap everywhere? The funny thing about these companies is that they're willing to can the bottom down people yet they have no problem keeping their over payed salaries. Some of these guys get 100k + bonus a year, yet they cannot afford a toilet cleaner who is lucky to make 1,500k a month???

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    It's a good thing you're getting out of there; that kind of penny-pinching cost cutting has never in my experience resulted in a positive outcome. It lowers morale even further and thus slows recovery because the best and brightest just pack their bags.

    It looks great on paper because nobody has figured out the metric for how quickly it damages the team.

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    ...can the bottom down people...


    Very appropriate [smile].

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    It's a good thing you're getting out of there; that kind of penny-pinching cost cutting has never in my experience resulted in a positive outcome. It lowers morale even further and thus slows recovery because the best and brightest just pack their bags.

    It looks great on paper because nobody has figured out the metric for how quickly it damages the team.


    I couldn't agree more. Bearing in mind this will save about £500 per month for a company that is supposed to turn over about £12,000,000 per year, I think the writing on the wall is rather large.

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