Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 
3022 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 1244590 23-Feb-2015 09:05
Send private message

If the fire brigade were a privately owned organisation (as an example, IMO I don't think it should be) at least they would increase their efficiency, response times and technology. I don't think the fire service has "improved" much over the last decade or two as there is no "need to". However if they were a profit motivated service (especially if there were more than one organisation competing in the same market) then you would see response times like no other and technology we possibly can't even think of today.


How do you define "efficiency" in terms of the fire brigade?

The fire brigade is one of those things that *cannot* be efficient in terms of having people productively employed all the time. They must always have some spare capacity in case of an emergency. The better their capability to respond to an emergency, the less "efficient" they are in terms of productive outputs.

From my point of view, there should *always* be one fire engine and crew sitting idle and instantly available in my town, in case *my* house catches fire. No matter how many other fires are being fought simultaneously.

If the fire service was profit-motivated, then the capability level would be kept to a minimum, because capability costs money. Inevitably, response times would go up.

Competing fire brigades is as ludicrous as the competing Health Boards set up under Rogernomics. Health is currently struggling because it has to deal with inefficiencies caused by that.


576 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 1244621 23-Feb-2015 10:13
Send private message

AidanS: I've seen many public organisations and Government departments that simply have no "push factor" to be efficient. A single decision may take 3 weeks to make as it has to pass through 5 people from 3 different departments (for an exaggerated example). Who does that benefit? The 5 people that are employed, sure.


I had a good laugh one day when a colleague said that he would turn up to meetings at our govt funded organisation and wonder if the meeting organiser had hit the 'meeting randomizer button', given the odd assortment of people in the room, of which only 3 of the 8 would say anything.



 
 
 
 


5512 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1244648 23-Feb-2015 10:56
Send private message

frankv: ... Competing fire brigades is as ludicrous as the competing Health Boards set up under Rogernomics. Health is currently struggling because it has to deal with inefficiencies caused by that.

+1  (Almost) everyone working in NZ Health Boards at the time released how ludicrous and counter-productive these "reforms" were , but we were powerless to stop it. The hospital administrators pretended to believe it was a good idea - possibly to keep their jobs.

EDIT  With hindsight, that was when I started to lose job satisfaction.




Sideface


5390 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1244653 23-Feb-2015 11:02
One person supports this post
Send private message

Years ago I sat down and figured out what my professional purpose is - what can I do to add value to the wider society I am part of.  This works for me. I have worked in for profit and not for profit organisations.  I find if I am employed in roles that help me achieve that purpose, then I am motivated and happy. 

Most organisations do some things that are positive.  For profit or not, I think it's about finding a company with value set/culture that is compatible with your own.




Mike

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Samsung Galaxy Fold now available in New Zealand
Posted 6-Dec-2019 00:01


NZ company oDocs awarded US$ 100,000 Dubai World Expo grant
Posted 5-Dec-2019 16:00


New Zealand Rugby Selects AWS-Powered Analytics for Deeper Game Insights
Posted 5-Dec-2019 11:33


IMAGR and Farro bring checkout-less supermarket shopping to New Zealand
Posted 5-Dec-2019 09:07


Wellington Airport becomes first 5G connected airport in the country
Posted 3-Dec-2019 08:42


MetService secures Al Jazeera as a new weather client
Posted 28-Nov-2019 09:40


NZ a top 10 connected nation with stage one of ultra-fast broadband roll-out completed
Posted 24-Nov-2019 14:15


Microsoft Translator understands te reo Māori
Posted 22-Nov-2019 08:46


Chorus to launch Hyperfibre service
Posted 18-Nov-2019 15:00


Microsoft launches first Experience Center worldwide for Asia Pacific in Singapore
Posted 13-Nov-2019 13:08


Disney+ comes to LG Smart TVs
Posted 13-Nov-2019 12:55


Spark launches new wireless broadband "Unplan Metro"
Posted 11-Nov-2019 08:19


Malwarebytes overhauls flagship product with new UI, faster engine and lighter footprint
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:48


CarbonClick launches into Digital Marketplaces
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:42


Kordia offers Microsoft Azure Peering Service
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:41



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.