The Bad Guy

Worst idea of the day.

In my time as a desk clerk I have lived through the implementation of many questionable policies. There was the 6 months that the TV was taken away from the desk clerks because they wanted us to pay attention to our jobs (though playing video games was A-OK). Then there was the time when a supervisor thought she could whip the desk staff into shape by telling us to shut up and listen to the story of how the company was started by a couple of nuns, a few million dollars of Vatican money and a dream. There was even the time they decided to promote a guy who STILL believes that Abe Lincoln discovered America. But today the company I work for announced a new plan that will, without a doubt, cause a mess to dwarf all of those and every other bone-headed decision that management has made in the past 3 years.

Here’s the plan as it was explained to me. Desk clerks are present at my building 24 hours everyday, but to cut costs the graveyard shift will be eliminated. So how will the building be monitored in the late night hours? This is a building in a HIGH CRIME AREA. The building itself is geared to help low income FAMILIES with SMALL CHILDREN have a place to live. Many residents are single mothers who have restraining orders against ex-boyfriends and husbands. My point is that the residents want to have someone there 24-7 just in case something goes wrong. And the new plan takes away that layer of security from midnight to 8am.

But wait! There will be someone watching…from across the street! At a building owned by the same company, the night desk guy will be watching the front desk via video link. And that guy across the street will be able to talk anyone trying to enter the building after hours.

If you think this sounds like the Michael Crichton version of 1984, you are absolutely right. The upside is that I will get to go home on time every night. The bad news is that the building will burn down and/or people will die before the powers that forced this plan on us realize they messed up. Worse still, when the blame gets passed out it will not fall on the guy who thought up this mess, it will fall square on the shoulders of the telescreen watcher across the street.

Heck, Even my boss thought the idea was horrid. He jokingly suggested a betting pool for when the building would catch fire. Despite my love for dark, tactless humor I declined. I explained that I didn’t want to be standing next him in front of the smouldering embers of the building with one of us saying “pay up.”

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November 17, 2006 - Posted by | Work

1 Comment »

  1. […] could go wrong? A few months ago I mentioned a truly horrible idea that upper management had thrust upon the property I work at. Well, that plan is about to be […]

    Pingback by What could go wrong? « The Bad Guy | April 5, 2007 | Reply


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