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Thursday, December 09, 2004

Some people just don't get it.

Well, I guess we all knew that anyway, but perhaps some just don't want to believe it. I'm at a point in my current job where I'm now starting to venture out to see clients, as opposed to merely having them come to me. Naturally, I'm intending to ride to my appointments, partially because I can, but mostly because it's the best option. It's cheap, reliable, and a damn site quicker in city traffic. Today's appointment took me into Surfers Paradise, an area that I know well.

On the ride home last night I made sure I knew where the place was, and where I could change out of my riding clothes (which takes all of five minutes) before showing up. This morning I rode out there, presented myself, arrived at the scheduled time -- only to find the client was still recovering from a big night last night (bucks party), and wasn't able to deal with things. No matter, I rode back to the office. I Didn't lose any time at all, and certainly wasn't gone for a huge chunk of work hours.

However, when I get back to the office, my boss apparently now has an issue with me cycling to appointments. It had nothing to do with the time taken (he acknowledges that I'll usually be quicker anyway), it had nothing to do with how I presented myself after a ride (it's never been an issue on riding to work), it was a "safety" issue apparently. To use his words: "I'm concerned about sending you out on a bike in a situation where we have a duty of care". It's not a safety issue, it's a "somebody might sue me" issue. I tried to explain to him that it really was no more dangerous than anyone driving to an appointment. I even promised not to sue him in the unlikely event of something happening, but it was a waste of time. I suspect there's something I'm not being told here.

So now I'm not sure how I stand on this whole thing. I have no intention of paying a heap of money and going into debt to get a car that I might use once or twice a month at most, so it basically looks like taxi fares once or twice a month. This all seems quite pointless, when I have a bicycle that can do the job just as well. On the other hand, my boss overall has been pretty good about most things, and there were no qualms about time off to attend my grandmother's funeral earlier in the year, so perhaps I should just play this game for a while and see what happens. It's not really the end of the world yet -- even though it still bugs me for some reason.

As I said before, sometimes, some people just don't get it.

4 Comments:

Blogger Brendon said...

Hey Chris, NZLcyclist here.....

Good to see many of us are starting blogs! just note that your red text is hard on the eyes..... with the black background.... i keep seeing lines afterwards!

9:05 pm  
Blogger Chris L said...

Hey Brendon, how's it going over there? I honestly hadn't thought about the text issue. Maybe I should change the background? Let me know if you're ready to jump on the blog-wagon yourself, I might be able to find some space in the side bar for a link.

9:14 pm  
Blogger surlysimon said...

hi chris
i had a similar problem with an employer a few years ago, funny thing was they were happy for me to play cycle courrier when it suited their needs but then got all saftey minded when i was doing other stuff.
i don't know if there is an answer just keep using the taxis untill they find it's getting too expensive.
it's a bummer when people let their prejudices blind them to logical choices.

7:14 am  
Blogger Chris L said...

Hi Simon,

Yeah, it can be frustrating sometimes, but the "problem" here is that in all other respects this company has been pretty good to me, so I really don't want to "make waves" or find another job just yet. I'll just have to play the game and see how it pans out, and hope the chance to play cycle courier comes along. :^)

8:51 pm  

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