And so it is with the comments being made by a constable (a police officer of the lowest rank in the UK). He has said that:
- every single reported theft of a mobile phone is recorded as lost property
- attempted burglaries get reported as criminal damage
- figures are manipulated. For example, a good month’s detection rates are ‘carried over’ into a poorer month to smooth out the numbers
- shoplifting is an ‘easy detection’ so that gets priority treatment
- there are not enough people so crime isn’t properly investigated.
Four thoughts strike me:
- organizations that operate on behalf of the Government will have the usually negative effect of politics acting on them. I pity the leaders, caught as they are between a rock and a hard place
- companies should be more transparent. It should not have to take a whistleblower to reveal true performance
- once again, here’s the effect within organizations of poorly constructed targets adversely influencing behavior
- and… once again, folks… lies, damned lies and statistics.
A final sobering thought for leaders. What practices might an employee or former employee blow the whistle on in your business?
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