- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I have been working at Metropolitan Police Service part-time (More than 10 years)
The work makes a real difference to the people I deal with. It is varied and interesting, and the people who work in the police are great.
There is an expectation that you will be available at all times. Your family will have to carry on without you, the job is most important. The systems are convoluted and complex, ill thought out and obtuse. There is a management expectation that everything will be done perfectly, and if it isn't, then criticism is quick to come. The Criminal Justice System is not fit for purpose. HR pay lip service to being "flexible" and "family friendly" and being interested in officer's mental health and wellbeing.
Advice to Management
For an organisation with such an apparent opportunity to provide flexibility, the systems make it extremely difficult to actually obtain flexible working. In a 30+ year career, the amount of time needed for flexibility is relatively short, and it would be a massive advantage for your workforce to actually provide decent career options and progression for flexible workers. Your systems and management practices clearly imply that you don't trust your workforce, and the disconnect is destroying good will and enjoyment of what can be an incredibly rewarding job.
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