I didn't get to watch the controversial Question Time last night featuring the medias favourite hate figure, Nick Griffin. The reason for this is that I spent most of the evening typing up something for work.
Most people my age who have worked in an office will know that having to spend hours typing up stuff yourself is a recent development - only becoming common in the last decade or so. Before that we used to have a team of typists who had both the skill to type these sorts of things up quickly and the knowledge of corporate formatting etc. to get it right first time.
Now I have to do all the work myself, submit the draft for approval and then make any suggested changes myself. However, I am not a typist and I am not paid to be one - it is not my job. So I have to either do all this typing at the sacrifice of my usual work or do it in my own time.
And, of course, my pay rise and bonus is based on how well I do the job I am supposed to do - not how good my typing and formatting is - so I tend to end up doing all this typing in my own time!
How the hell did we allow things to get to this situation? Not only am I having to do extra work outside of my normal hours - work I am not paid to do - I'm also denying some youngster a decent job and a foot on the career ladder.
Bring back the typing pool!