*A very rough translation from a Portuguese saying “Depois de casa roubada, trancas na porta”
I’ve been slightly away from blogging as my writing up mode starts to get in cruise speed. Or at least as I believe it is getting faster… One or the other, I believe things are, now, getting shape. Which eventually will make me do something to cope with it such as doing the vlog I’ve been promis… Never mind!
But today, I thought in writing something about a specific case, that makes me think that what I am, in fact, doing, might be relevant. Or at least, should be.
Being more specific, I will write about standards. Standards in real life, and the lack of them. The very odd way to speak about standards without noticing small little things that makes one with minimum knowledge on the topic to question. And you know how I like to question things.
Here we go.
Recently, in Portugal, people got away from the airport without no one noticing it. It was not the first time that happened. Obviously an investigation started, and by no means I want to point out that responsibility was from entity A or B. But people got scared. Well, at least people spoke about it at least 3 days. Which in my opinion it is already a good amount of time due to the flow of information society receives currently and the speed people tend to forget, ignore and/or move on when something is not affecting their bubble/shell.
Anyway, a tv channel made a report about it with security and police officers at the airport. And obviously all sounded nice and amazing. Indeed, if it was not for the previous incident(s), I would think to myself “what a wonderful world”. I mean, security 24/7, 200 police officers team, constant vigilance in some flights?
Wow, that’s cool! Well done guys!
But, despite the fact that people ran away from the airport one day before, I would consider that as a possible error which happened by mistake. After all, people commit errors. The discussion of accepting those, is another one that I’ll leave for another blog. What made me think that something was completely wrong was a very small detail during this tv report. I’ll show you the image and ask you to look at it for 30 seconds. Be my guinea pig do’ya?
What do you think it’s wrong in the picture above? Well, the fact that the officer in work might get affected by the tv show filming there might be a problem, but let’s be honest, they were probably very quick during that moment. The same officer might get a problem in his back, as he is not seated properly. But again, hopefully he will have time to stretch up a little bit and relax. All of this can be read in a very satirical way (and should obviously!). But there is something that, in my opinion, was not putted in the scene just for the filming. This is a very simple question. Why is tv screen showing news above the screen with the security cameras? Even though might be possible to have that screen to show more security cameras, why is that happening? Okey, could have been for the filming as the tv channel showing up is the exact same that did the tv report. But, I’m thinking to myself, how often does that happen? How can that affect people’s performance? And loads of other questions that I’ll let you think about.
Disclosure note 1: Although this is a case from a specific country, it is not meant to critic specifically this team and this country. Things like this happen everyday, and everywhere. People either don’t assume it or don’t know it. Standards should be reconsidered as well as working conditions. I can imagine someone being bored to death by not having any movement for 8 hours. Well, different working hours could be a solution. Division of tasks and sequence team members to replace each others for instance.
Disclosure note 2: I am using images from “SOS 24” a tv show from TVI 24 which is a private Portuguese channel.