Now I know there are some rules that you don't break in schools (put simply don't mess with the kids, don't steal the money, hit deadlines set by the examining board), but I still maintain that a lot of it should be open for discussion and the people in charge should step out of our way if we get results. This guy doesn't do this.
Anyway, this guy didn't pay us Monday. Most people in the office we like "Aw well Phuket, we'll get paid tomorrow." When I said that that was a dumb attitude to take, that we should be assertive without getting bolshie, I was pretty much shot down in flames by my colleague, being effectively told that this was China, and we couldn't do that here.
Anyway I went to find out why we'd not been paid, and they told me that they didn't because (and I quote, I'm really not joking when I say this) "They're moving the accounts office next door" [one door down the corridor] "to paint the office and they're too busy moving stuff." I was also that "You won't get paid till next Monday because we pay people Monday"
Now call me a bloody idiot if you will, but it's a woman with a laptop, desk, chain and phone. There was internet and phone access in the room she was moving too. Why can't she arrange for it after she's moved? It's not like she has to move much or far is it? In addition, why couldn't she have told us? It's the top down don't tell people sheeeeeit attitude that drives me nuts here. I'll give them a lot of credit if they give us a head's up first.
Anyway I said this to our liaison officer, and guess what, we were paid Monday. It's funny how asking direct questions often gives you the answers you want isn't it?