A case of New Public Management gone wrong?
Civil servants who were supposed to be administering the government’s much-criticised farm subsidies system have been taking part in ‘depraved’ office pranks such as leaping naked from filing cabinets.The beleaguered Rural Payment Agency has begun an investigation into the behaviour of its staff at its Newcastle office, which allegedly included leaving cups of vomit in cupboards, taking drugs, having sex in toilets and holding breakdancing competitions during office hours. (Source: The Guardian)
According to the RPA’s homepage, the benefits of working at RPA include
- Generous leave allowance
- Flexible working hours
- Modern well-equipped offices.
Perhaps the equipment was simply too modern? The management and the Commons rural affairs committee were, in any event, not amused as the agency’s handling of payments has been criticised lately.