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Monday, November 13, 2006

 

Diversity training

Glorious, glorious night shifts when all the supervisors are tucked up in their cute little beddy byes and the Office staff have long since gone home. We get to patrol where we think best instead of trying to do everything at once, with no calls from control and the office demanding that we drop everything and do their bidding right now. Late night shift means you are in charge and can get on with your job; even if disillusionment is driving towards a large metaphor marked ‘exit’.

The one black spot, as delivered by retired merchant seamen going by the name of Blind Pew, is a summons from They Who Have No Idea to attend a compulsory ‘Diversity Seminar’ on the day after tomorrow. Oh God.

I detest these things. They are the biggest waste of time ever created by those who would claim to be full grown adults (If they had the brains). I fail to see the point of these courses for people who do my kind of job. Especially as said course means I have to come in early after a late shift and sit in a stuffy meeting room trying not to fall asleep before indulging in some witless role playing designed to make me think more ‘inclusively’. Why must we waste our time with this arrant nonsense?

The only things that really concern us as parking enforcers is the make, colour and model of the vehicle we have to book and the restriction it is on. Who it belongs to, their genetic heritage and religious preference are immaterial. Everyone gets the same treatment. We’re very fair about it; punctiliously so. What do we therefore need to know about ‘diversity’? We know about diversity, the Streets themselves are diverse and full of different kinds of people that I have to deal with all my working days.

All I have to say is; I’m a human being – get me out of here!

9 Comments:

Blogger ECBlade said...

Ahhh! You mean diversity in the human population. How very curious, indeed...and here I was thinking you would be attending a seminar concerning the diversity of vehicles...you know, sort of a "Make sure we give equal treatment to everyone, don't just single out all the grubby white vans..."

*wink* Seriously, though...sometimes I think there are people whose job it is to merely think of inane classes/seminars.

It appears I was right, eh?

Monday, November 13, 2006 1:37:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The seminar is also there to check that Wheel Clamping can be put on one specific type of Vehicle...for some, it appears to be a real nightmare...

Anyhow...If your business is about ticketing, parking control, wheel clamping...check out: http://www.streetmanagement.co.uk

:)

Monday, November 13, 2006 2:50:00 pm  
Blogger Mike said...

Good blog, have you seen this? http://www.budgetvaninsurance.com/vanman/index.htm?i=2 Would this be regarded as offensive?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 1:03:00 pm  
Blogger gonorr said...

I spy with my little eye, box ticking, arse covering, excuse to bin people mind games going on.

Keep your head down and your powder dry.

Your day will come Bill.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 7:43:00 pm  
Blogger Bill Sticker said...

Gonorr,

Large and noisome rattus norvegicus under observation. Exit strategy in motion.

Regards

Bill

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 9:35:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My guess is that these seminars are not really intended for your benefit, they are rather for the benefit of your bosses, so that they can get that "politically correct" box ticked on their way to some obscenely large management-only bonus, or similar reward.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 3:28:00 pm  
Blogger c4nkr said...

Plsyed Bill, I had to endure exactly the same bullshit the other day and god knows why. Next week i have to waste a day on "dealing with Telephone customers" - WTF - When do I ever have to do that - not many motorists phone me up to call me a c**t. Methinks I'll just assume it was a Council clerical error and go off on the beat anyway.

Thursday, November 16, 2006 10:07:00 pm  
Blogger Snafu said...

Maybe the idea is that you will learn to focus on those pariahs of urban driving, 4x4s...

Thursday, November 16, 2006 10:54:00 pm  
Anonymous Warren said...

I can hear the boo’s and hisses already but I’m a diversity trainer and proud of it. Diversity training is important but it needs to be aligned with your job. You deal with the public, knowing ahead of time how to predict the way people from different backgrounds may react is surely an important skill? Seems to me your problem is with bosses who are just going through the motions and with a poorly put together program. If it was done right the diversity training would be embedded in your best practice for issuing tickets and dealing with the public, it would help you get the job done with the minimum possible hassle.

Friday, June 22, 2007 9:31:00 am  

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