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Consultation Meeting

Well today I had my consultation meeting! Well when I say consultation meeting I mean more of a farce than a meeting.

I had the opportunity to take a representative in with me, so I chose to take my friend and college 😉 Patsy. I thought if it all starts to kick off she would be the best person to help me out and wade in.

I only really had 2 questions to ask the person taking the meeting – how much redundancy money would I be getting for my 15 years? and how quick do you want me to go?

Now, given that I had been with the company for that long, surely they would want to extract as much information from me as possible to make sure the company carried on working?
Hmmm no, I was told that I could go whenever I wanted, which suited me perfectly to be honest as i had well and truly had enough now.

As for how much, it was the bare minimum that they could get away with, and not only that they were going to spread it over 4 months as they could not afford to pay me it all in one lump – sounds about right!

The farce came in the form of the person taking the Consultation Meeting, the HR Director, who kept asking my representative about her Accounts job and talking to us about stuff going on that she is doing and other such topics that were nothing to do with the meeting in hand.
Now I am pretty sure that she should not be doing that, I know I am not a HR professional, but seriously….

So I left the meeting, another 54 minutes of my life wasted with the answers to my 2 questions.

I now need to go home and ponder on the following points from the meeting –
1) I can leave as soon as I want.
2) I will have enough money to last me 6 months.
3) There is no other job along the same job spec as I am currently doing as they do not need an I.T. Manager any more.
4) I want out of there as soon as I can.

Not sure there is much thinking to do there to be honest………

E-Redundancy

Today I got told that I was being made redundant! It was also one of my very few holiday days that I was going to spend with the family as it was a Friday off before a weekend, but it didn`t stop my employer doing things oh so wrong!!

Believe it or not I got emailed my redundancy notice, along with a very nice email saying
“I personally wished to be able to hand this to you in person. But I understand you are on leave.
I very much hope & I`m sure that in the proposed meeting, All options that are currently available will be discussed.”

Strange as I`m pretty much on 24×7 support for them and get calls for some of the most stupid stuff, so why not call me for something so very important?

Anyways, reading the email that I got and the attached scan of the letter that was posted out to me this evening, I have simplified the hidden meaning to the following

“Here is your `You have been selected for possible redundancy paperwork` which you know means that we are going to get rid of you, even though you are the I.T. Manager and run the I.T. Department on your own, but we need to make room for people that have nowhere near the skill set that you have and that we need to run the company, and who have experience of the organisation and its workings.
I would have called you in person but as you know I don`t do confrontation due to not having a pair!”

UPDATE – 19/08/2011 Since receiving this email, the sender has not said one word to me about the email he sent me, he has only looked at me once as he walked passed my desk!

I can honestly say that this is no surprise to me, and to be honest I am surprised that it has taken so long, but I am glad in a way that it has happened as it will give me the push that I need.

Some very useful information

Today I received what I am going to call an `anonymous communication` detailing to me that I will soon be out of a job.

It was made quite clear to me the circumstances that it was mentioned in and the said person or persons are a trusted source to me. I was told under no circumstances not to repeat this information to anyone it would be obvious where it came from, which was fine with me.

So, with that in mind, I have scaled back my job seeking tasks and will sit back and wait for the said deed to happen. I stand to lose a fair bit if I desert the sinking ship now and I don’t really want to do that.

I just need to get on with my job and try and ignore the people who are making it unbearable and hell.

Oh what joy……

Are they taking the piss?

I was called into a meeting today, to be introduced to a couple of new subcontractors that will be working for the company. Was told that these 2 contractors had a huge knowledgebase if I.T. information and experience and that I could call on them for help when I have problems or need to know how to do things properly (Yep I was really told that!!).

Ignoring that I don`t do things properly I welcomed the help as I had been working on my own running the I.T. Infrastructure for several years now and this was the first sign of any help coming my way.

So, putting that vast knowledgebase of information to the test I thought I would ask a few questions

Q) Do any of you have VB.Net or ASP.Net programming experience? As we do a lot of development in apps and websites.
A) No

Q) Do any of you have experience with IIS?
A) No

Q) Do any of you have experience with JRCS and the software that we use for our Service Management Needs?
A) No

I can see a pattern forming here

Q) Do you have any experience with Mitel 3300 and Teleworker VOIP phone solutions?
A) No

Q) Do you have any experience setting up and maintaining Private mobile APNs and the network infrastructure?
A) No

Q) Can you install an operating system?
A) Yes

Thank fuck for that!

I was also told that they would not, and I repeat not, be taking my job. Strange that they should want to tell me that as that….. But I was told that 5 times throughout the course of the meeting, which only made me think one thing ……

As soon as I get home tonight I will be signing up to Monster, Reed and anyone else ….

 

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