Should we reward failure?

Posted: September 10, 2016

“A new, open and honest government is what’s needed, one that won’t reward failure with massive payouts.”

Roberto Martinez and David MoyesEverton FC were forced to pay Roberto Martinez over £10M after he was sacked for failing at his job.

What an excellent example of what not to do. One can’t write a contract that essentially rewards failure, no matter how much you presently value your employee/prospective employee. There must be accountability, there must be key performance indicators (‘KPIs’) and there must be an acceptance by both parties that the employee is there to do their best for the entity and if they fail, then they must accept that they can be fired without a contract payout.

We hear all the time about senior civil servants leaving after only being in post for a year. We hear “on the grapevine” about gratuitous payouts, we hear about what amounts to 3 years of salary in some cases, paid to a sacked employee or to someone that just plain had enough of the daily shenanigans.

The new administration must seek to be more transparent. I accept that a contract of employment should be a matter of confidentiality but large payoffs must be declared so that the public are aware. If you enter government at a senior level, you are trusted with budgets and taxpayer’s money. You are therefore accountable not only to your superiors but to the public as well and so there must be an understanding when you enter government at a senior level, should you fail or act inappropriately, you will be held to account.

A new, open and honest government is what’s needed, one that won’t reward failure with massive payouts.

Think wisely before you vote this year.  Think about the strength of the person you are voting for and consider their integrity.  Another five years of what we’ve just had will bankrupt us.

 

(For fun – “What?  Shenanigans?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNPW2wZ4D2s)

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