Three employees in a line. They speak directly to the audience.
When I first started with this council, ten years ago, it was a different story. We were treated with respect. We were told we were special. I was recruited for my skills and my experience. There was hope that the future would be good.
When I started with this organisation, three years ago, I found out pretty quick how bad things were. I’d heard from mates who’d worked here since the start that things had gone downhill. But I still had hope. Since then things have gone from bad to worse and now I’m looking for another job.
I started with this organisation last month. I was really excited. I want to make a proper go of it; this is just the kind of job I want. The trouble is that everyone around me seems so low.
It’s hard not to be cynical. I don’t want to be. When management says that things are going to change I want to believe it. But I need to see some evidence first. Just to be treated like a human being would be nice. A simple “please” and “thank you”, an occasional pat on the back. I’m not asking for the moon and the stars.
The shift system is a nightmare. It’s inhuman. And the pay structure is blatantly unfair. If you phone in sick you’re not believed. They bully you to come in when you’re ill. And just try booking a holiday! If I thought things could change I’d stay, but I just don’t believe it anymore. It’s all hot air. That’s why I’m going.
I’ll give it a while ‘Cos I’ve only just started. But it’s hard to stay positive when people are moaning so much. The training manager says that the company is changing – making people the focus. They want to show that they value us. I know I’ve only been here a month, but if they want my opinion, it needs to start now.