There will be outrage about firing civil servants

Worst civil servants to be sacked
Under-performing civil servants will be identified and fired under plans to rank all government officials in order of ability, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

From the union side will come outrage about the very idea. Employers should train up the incompetent, not fire them. And isn\’t it discrimination against idiots and the lazy anyway?

From everyone else will come outrage as well: WTF? Wasn\’t this happening already?

8 thoughts on “There will be outrage about firing civil servants”

  1. Oh gawd,you can see how this is going to work out, can’t you?
    “plans to rank all government officials in order of ability”
    And after ‘levelling the playing field’, of degree of difficulty of tasks, which will of course be insisted on in assessing the ranking, those struggling valiantly to provide vital & worthwhile services will be judged as underachieving. Meanwhile, total incompetents languishing in waste of effort sinecures but with endless time to sing their own praises will come out as paragons of virtue.
    Didn’t Parkinson do a chapter on this?

  2. “From everyone else will come outrage as well”: no weary resignation. Anyway, if it were close to working it would be torpedoed by cries of
    “racism”.

  3. B-I-S has it in one. It will be used to force out little people earning peanuts and to try and force ordinary workers to compete with each other for their jobs while the senior civil service scum, who have cost the taxpayers of this nation thousands of millions of pounds will walk through it on the way to their lavish pensions without even noticing it is there.

  4. “Meanwhile, total incompetents languishing in waste of effort sinecures but with endless time to sing their own praises will come out as paragons of virtue.”

    Indeed yes. They will find themselves with the same problems that blight big private sector organisations that get involved in this sort of thing. It will reward the people who are best at playing the game, and have friends to give them the requiste leg-ups.

    The civil service is large and complex and, one assumes, ‘objective’ measurement of achievement/success is usually impossible.. so it all comes down to conversations with managers who, in my experience, are rarely engaged with the process in the way they should be (usually I find that people eiher a) don’t give a fuck or b) will only be interested in how the process can be used to further their own ambitions).

    So as an aim.. ‘figure out who is good and deal with who is bad’ I’m all for it.. but it’s a bitch of a job, and the fact that we all do it in the private sector doesn’t mean that we’re better because might not be doing it very well.

  5. Forget this; they’ll never do it properly.

    Instead, let’s just fire 1 in 3 civil servants at each pay grade.

    Then in 3 years time we can see where (if anywhere) we couldn’t cope without them and, if necessary, hire a few replacements.

  6. They will find themselves with the same problems that blight big private sector organisations…

    Ah. You mean oil companies. For most employees, turning up is the job.

  7. Strangely Tim Newman, your comment illustrates exactly why this sort of thing doesn’t work.

    “Ah. You mean oil companies. For most employees, turning up is the job.”

    And, no doubt you don’t include yourself amongst their number being a vital member of your organisation. Which is what the majority of the members of your organisation would also say.
    So who gets fired?
    The janitor.
    Now wait till the toilets block up……

  8. So who gets fired?

    This week, my piping engineer. He was fucking useless.

    And yes, I have heard some wonderful anecdotes about companies stuffed full of expat managers bleeding millions a month, and they get together and decide to fire the tea lady…

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