Monday 18 November 2019

Brian leads deskiquette revolt

JUNIOR Minister Brian Hayes has a dream. It'll come to be known as the Office Revolution.

He dreams of a day when civil servants are allocated desks based not on their rank, but on an egalitarian sounding open plan system.

He dreams of a day when the apparent "culture of entitlement" in the public sector is eradicated, and the top brass are allocated the same desk space as the rank and file.

Forget the controversy surrounding public sector allowances.

Mr Hayes, the Government minister-turned-office-socialist, is going to slash costs by having a radical shake-up of desk space.

"We need to get out of the silo mentality that some elements of the public sector are in, we need to get away from this entitlement culture in terms of office space," he told the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland conference.

"There are elements of the public sector who believe that they are entitled to cellular offices because they have a certain grade. I think that needs to be challenged."

Will the minister lead by example and throw off the trappings of office power? The Punt thinks not.

Irish Independent

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