Hi all. I perhaps might be turning into Mr Angry of Northamptonshire so please do bear with me. My CIPD renewal letter came today. So what did I get?
1 Covering Letter
A4 and non-recycled from what I can tell with plastic annual membership card (Other organisations I am with now mainly use one card with a five, ten or no year expiry date).
2 Invoice and Direct Debit Form
Two colour A4 subscription invoice and direct debit instruction double side printed. Again, not sure if recycled paper. Why not email and/or online?
3 About You Form
Double side two colour A4 information form. I’m guessing any changes have to be input by someone at the CIPD end at an hourly cost on a yearly basis if changes to circumstances. Again, are we not capable of updating our own on online information if offered the choice?
4 Pre paid return envelope
Again, cannot tell if it is from recycled paper.
5 Chartered FCIPD Flyer
Gate folded, two side printed, two coloured card measuring 55cm in length telling me what already advocate to others as a Fellow and that we see every week in various newsletters and at branch meetings. In sales speak, selling to the sold. And again, not sure if recycled.
The envelope it arrived in is A5 two colour print glossy, yes glossy, full cover colour print and again, not sure if recycled.
So, a few things that made me cry. Firstly, should we not be leading by example? If we are using recycled materials, then let’s make sure we use material with the recycled logo at least. If we are not using recycled material – appalling. Next, the volume of paper used. My handkerchief was wringing wet at this point. Why? Really? Following this, the cost of printing and sending all of these high quality materials out (I’m assuming to us all). The reason for the continuation of my crying is that in most businesses, and most definitely in my own, we have reduced out extravagant and non-essential cost items. In the day of electronic communication and interactivity, this smacks of pre-1990’s.
Worse, and the real bit that made me cry well into a full three minute session is I think I must be contributing towards the cost for this somewhere along the line. Therefore I am paying for something I cannot afford to do in my own business yet allow another I contribute funds to do. I now need another cry. Even worse, I am also contributing to a body that represents me and my profession yet equally competes against me and my services with yet more glossy materials. Perhaps I ought to save that for another day as I only have a few tissues left.
Oh! By the way…I had already paid my fellow membership last month. Can someone recommend a good dark corner to go and lie down in please?