Member Since: 16th Feb 2010
If feel very sad about the amount of negative press recently about the outcome of bad purchasing. I just wish that many organisations would consider their training needs for purchasing before the problems occur and not after when costs, share prices, public perception and customers have been negatively impacted.
Gardeners understand that seeds need time in the greenhouse, lawns need mowing and weeds need to be pulled. Yet many business managers often forget to feed, weed and/or prune their suppliers. Why - because they’re only applying buying processes to their expenditure and not applying more rigour by adopting purchasing or procurement tools and techniques.
As the Purchasing Coach I offer a range of services dependant on the size of your spend and where you are on the Buying/Purchasing/Procurement continuum. These services include:
• Workshops and keynote speeches for managers (ok perhaps more accurately for manger who purchase and yet have not had any formal purchasing training)
• Masterclasses for purchasing managers working on their own
• Business Skills development for Procurement teams
To find out more about who I am, what I do and the positive impact I can have on purchasing in your organisation do visit www.thepurchasingcoach.co.uk or call me on +44 (0)7770 538159 or email [email protected].
I look forward to hearing from you.
Facilitator, coach and speaker AS Consulting
My discussion replies
2nd Oct 2010
In addition to any responses here you may want to ask your purchasing or facilities departments what information they could provide to help you benchmark the pricing suggested by the team.
I’m also reminded, for some reason, of what happened in the documentary ‘ban the boss’ with Dr Paul Thomas. As I recall one team did make recommendations regarding increasing pay for some members. It certainly had the impact of improving performance. So you may find it pays for itself?
2nd Oct 2010
Perhaps a slightly different view: I wonder how much of the obvious frustration coming out in your initial question and subsequent response is about your desire to get the fraud investigation completed as it is how to handle his absence. Would your question and current response be different if the fraud investigation was not taking place?
If so: then I’d act towards him as you would without the investigation - taking into account Susan’s and Clare’s advise. You just then need to resolve your own reaction to not necessarily being able to resolve the fraud.
If not: then I’d still follow Susan’s and Clare’s advice. Until you have any real evidence to the contrary then I agree with Susan – the evidence by way of the Dr's note suggests he’s finding something at work stressful. Adding to that stress won't resolve the situation.