We’ve seen these before, usually behind a Jobcentre ‘advisors’ desks, or on films made by programmes such as Dispatches. And who could ever forget Sandras Sheriff Badges.
The DWP use this method of ‘encouragment’ to coerce staff to achieve higher offload levels or as recently discovered ‘Aspiration’ levels.
They must think that the public are ready to succumb to these tactics. Luckily we have claimants who are very observant and can see the absurdity and irony in this.
It also strikes me as being a bit orwelian, I mean how on earth can claimants think for themselves? They must need to have little reminders of how inadequate they are placed in their direct eyeline!
Here is the offending item placed directly above the computers that claimants are forced to use.
Now anyone who has spent any time on these computers will know that this entails constant pointless job searches. This is very repetitive and the authenticity of many of these jobs is dubious. Infact you are far less likely to find a job using one of these computers than you are going out and positively looking for work.
So if we take the wording “If you always do what you always did, you will get what you always got.”
So translated this could mean “If you sit here on these computers always looking for work, most likely you will be doing this for forever.” Which is very likely due to the fact that most of these jobs are either non existent or zero hour agency work.
I think that they need to possibly have lessons in how to communicate positively with claimants.
Don’t treat claimants as if they are idiots. Many are highly intelligent people who are down on their luck.
If they could see the fault with this straight away then they are obviously one step ahead of you.
Many thanks for informing me about this. If anyone else happens to see little messages like this appear in their local Jobcentre please forward a photo to myself. Your anonymity will be respected at all times.