WINZ wastes money to save money
WINZ staff are not allowed to drive along the new tolled motorway in Auckland because it will have to pay $2 for each trip. Apparently the toll road saves about 10-15 minutes. A person on an average salary of $60,000 gets $7.50 every 15 minutes and will pay about $3.50 in tolls and petrol to travel the route.
Obviously, to travel the long route, which is about 4 kilometres longer, will take about 10-15 minutes longer and WINZ will continue spending between $5.00 and $7.50 in lost productivity and whatever it cost in extra petrol - at least $2.00 - travelling at less than 20 kilometers per hour in queues.
I used to work at WINZ. One of my workmates had a company car which she only used to travel to and from work. She lived down the road from me. But her boss wouldn't even let her take me to and from work he refused to let her take passengers for this purpose. That cost me an hours pay every day. Yet this woman's partner also worked for the same company, he had a company car and she passed his place of work on the way to hers.
It sounds like the WINZ decision making processes have not changed much.