John works as the State Director for a large (well-known and respected) organisation that provides services & accommodation for people with a disability. On Tuesday evening he came home looking somewhat bemused and recounted the following reported to him by one of his Managers.
Person A is his Manager, Person B is a contact that works for a State Government Department. A has been in daily contact with B regarding finding a service for one of their clients, I'll call the client C. This situation has been going on for some time.
A: Is anything happening with our request for C ??
B: No, not as yet, in fact I will not be handling C's case file any more, I have referred it to my supervisor for her attention...
A: Oh, would she be in please, I would like to speak with her ??
B. No, she is not in at the moment...
A. When would be a good time to speak with her ??
B: Actually there isn't a good time to speak with her, she is on leave at present...
B: As a matter of fact I am acting in her position while she is absent...
At this point in time I am incredulous.
Does B actually realise the utter stupidity of what he was saying..?? I doubt it. Keep in mind that B is a Manager in a State managed government department, almost certainly with a university qualification, a number of years experience and a commensurate salary.
People like this give the Public Service it's much maligned reputation. Days later I am still gobsmacked.
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