I used to think that if a company did really well and business or profits exceeded expectations because of its staff, employees were given a bonus. Or perhaps individual staff or a section of the company dealt well with exceptional circumstances , in todays parlance, went the extra mile?
And I had no problem with that.
But Thames Water? Really?
Read in the DT a few minutes ago
THE water boss in charge of a mothballed emergency plant was given a £500,000 bonus last year, annual accounts reveal, as the company faced questions over its drought readiness.
Sarah Bentley, the chief executive of Thames Water, received a £496,000 bonus, almost double her previous year’s performance-related payout.
On Wednesday, Thames Water faced questions from authorities and regulators after The Telegraph revealed that a £250 million water plant built to protect nearly a million Londoners from drought was currently switched off
I’d dock her salary (which is not insubstantial) - not give her a socking great bonus for yet another administrative cock-up .
And it’s not just the desalination plant which seems to have been an expensive doomed idea rom the outset…
The company was forced to revise down the output of the plant by a third after regulators found it was unable to produce reliably clean drinking water as a result of its location.
But Thames Water yesterday faced questions over its failure to fix the problem in time for the driest July on record
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, is understood to have spoken with Thames Water and urged the company to fix the issue in time to help avoid shortages during the looming drought
“Sadiq has already demanded Thames Water ‘up their game’ following a series of burst water mains that have seen millions of gallons of drinking water lost,” a spokesman said.
Think on, when you are reminded to turn the tap off when brushing your teeth tonight, or watch your garden turn into beige carpet.
"Bunking off" school as a child.
Re-evaluating Dr John Campbell