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Stupidest email ever sent?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by SamNichols, 21 Aug 2007.

  1. SamNichols

    SamNichols New Member

    Location:
    Colne, Lancs
    Yesterday I got an email from the University of Manchester to say that they were sending me a letter, they then included the contents of the letter in the email (in PDF form).
    What did the letter say? It said: register online.

    Bureaucrats, eh? Always find the hardest way to do the simplest things...
     
  2. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    The hardest way to do the simplest thing?

    Well, recently I have been seeing a consultant at the Royal Infirmary. He then reports back to my GP by dictating a letter to his PA, who then types it up and sends it in the post to the surgery, where another secretary opens it and finally scans it so my doctor upstairs can read it on line!

    I'm sure someone has worked out a short cut there somewhere!
     
  3. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Too many links in that chain, that's for sure!
     
  4. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    I was once in an office where people were sending e-mails to each other and they were in the same room and could even talk without having to raise the voice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. Will1985

    Will1985 Über Member

    Location:
    South Norfolk
    And some people wonder why the health service is so bad!?!? There are more pen pushing middle managers/administrators (excluding secretaries) in the NHS than doctors.

    I've worked for my father doing his GP admin before and it is exactly like Tim describes for most hospitals. The financial drain that is NHS.net is supposed to remove the need for all the paper, yet many hospital executives have taken the decision to outlaw email letters on the grounds that it is an insecure system. The fact is, once the letter has been scanned by the GP it will sit in a pile for 3 months before being shredded!
    That is only the first reason why no politician interested in keeping their job will think about NHS "reform".
     
  6. LOGAN 5

    LOGAN 5 New Member

    We do that in our office! I send e-mails to somebody sitting 2 feet away. It's easier than talking to them or picking up the phone to somebody else in the building......lazy I know...
     
  7. Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    Sounds about right.. working there often brightens my life with the new depths of stupidity that people can stoop to. :blush:
     
  8. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    For the most mind boggling bureaucratic shenanigans you need to go to India. Maybe they have got better now but fifteen years ago there were people typing in text to a computer and printing it out, handing the print out to someone else who would copy it out long hand, twice, file away one copy and then type it back in to another computer, print it out and post off the printout to another office where the process would be repeated. Aaaarrrggghhh....
     
  9. Big Bren

    Big Bren New Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    The decline in verbal communication in the workplace mirrors the rise of the blame culture that most organisations have adopted; as a consequence, most workers follow the doctrine of CYA - covering your arse.

    A colleague of mine has a sign on his office wall - 'If it's not in writing, it didn't happen'

    Bren
     
  10. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    I do this too.

    (1) I don't like to talk to some of my colleagues.

    (2) Sometimes it's a long walk to their desk, and i've sort of got comfortable, and the route doesn't happen to go past the coffee machine.

    (3) I try to avoid using the phone at work. Every now and then my phone actually rings, it does this so infrequently that it surprises me every time. Once my phone was faulty, when someone called me it didn't ring. It was like that for six weeks. I didn't notice.

    I often think this: if I lose this job, i'm going to have one f*** of a problem getting another.
     
  11. radger

    radger Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I do that. It's a way of bitching about the boss without getting into trouble. As I am the 'IT person' in addition to the rest of my job, it's not as if someone is going to know how to read it later either. Also, I know where the back-up tapes are (in my bag) and I can make fire. :blush:
     
  12. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Location:
    Limoges or York
    I do this too.

    (1) I don't like to talk to some of my colleagues.

    (2) Sometimes it's a long walk to their desk, and i've sort of got comfortable, and the route doesn't happen to go past the coffee machine.

    (3) I try to avoid using the phone at work. Every now and then my phone actually rings, it does this so infrequently that it surprises me every time. Once my phone was faulty, when someone called me it didn't ring. It was like that for six weeks. I didn't notice.

    I often think this: if I lose this job, i'm going to have one f*** of a problem getting another.[/QUOTE]


    You'd be surprised, there are plenty of jobs like that. How d'you think I earned a living for so long?
     
  13. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    I used to work in the NHS, we had a computer system installed in the Acute Hospital Trust (General) and it could do everything, bloods, tests, transport ordering, everything. I worked in the Mental Health Trust, on the same site, and we had a computer system installed just after. Neither system could talk the other, we could not access any of the test results, lab reports, we could order pharmacy, it was all a bloody nightmare. Lord knows how much it all cost:sad:
     
  14. Big Bren

    Big Bren New Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Typical tale of NHS woe Maggot.

    I work in the third sector and a lot of our business is on a sub contract basis from the statutory sector, including the NHS. If we operated anywhere near as inefficiently as they do, our contracts would be in jeopardy before we could say 'purchaser/provider split!'

    Bren
     
  15. domd1979

    domd1979 New Member

    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Last month I dealt with an email that had been sent to a Minister, who'd forwarded it to some assistant, who printed it, sent it to someone else, who scanned it, who emailed it to Government Office West Midlands, who emailed it to a colleague, who emailed it to me to reply to. Only took a month to reach me.....