Category Archives: Business Bollocks

Anything so structured and rigid it cant be anything else other than business.

Weather Forecasting – Keeping it Simple

You know the Met Office go to a lot of trouble so we know what the weather will be in advance.

So here’s the case for keeping stuff simple. Given all the different weather conditions that the Met Office need to account for and the large areas they try to predict it seems they get it right about 65% of the time.

Is that a good or bad result ? Well that’s hard to tell if we insist on making it complicated or do the paralysis by analysis thing however

were they to forecast “Same as yesterday” for every forecast then apparently they would get it right 68% of the time ……………………. hmmmmmmm !!

 

Or there is this method

Weather Forecasting Stone

btw – did you know that 98% of statistics are made up ?

 

 

Child Bereavement Leave – Just Do The Right Thing

No BrainerI was listening to the news this morning and was really quite surprised to hear an MP was pushing for new legislation to make some form of paid leave a legal requirement when someone suffers the loss of a child.

This would be similar to maternity leave or paternity leave where some time off work is available if wanted without fear that taking the time off may in some way be seen negatively in terms of your employment or career.

My surprise isn’t because an MP would raise such a subject but more that they would even have to make a case for this as it seems such a no brainer and dare I say it “the right thing to do” which may not stand the test of productivity or accountancy but passes the morality test every time with flying colours.

However no sooner had I thought “surely not” the MP was quoting surveys that said 7 out of 10 people say they wouldn’t object to this new legislation and was able to actually quote examples where individuals had problems in such circumstances either ending up in a disciplinary process or it being insisted they be back at work the day after they have lost a child.

I wouldn’t read this to mean that 30% of people think this kind of compassionate leave shouldn’t be allowed. It’s more likely an indication that 30% of us don’t have an opinion on it at all until it becomes more public because thankfully losing a child is not something many of us will ever suffer and our own experience of life and work tells us that such a tragic situation would almost always be met with compassion, understanding and time in the right measure.

No matter how hard I rack my brain I can’t think of a counter argument to supporting this new legislation providing it isn’t to the unwilling or unknowing detriment of others and I hope the examples quoted by the MP were very rare indeed and maybe with hindsight were actually attributable to mistakes or error.