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Got the sack today

Really sucks

     
7:26 pm on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Landed a short term contract with a local gov organisation 3 weeks ago having been told they have a serious backlog of work in my specialised area.

Went in and found a back log of 3 months, duly worked at it and cleared it ALL by Tuesday.

Comments like 'oh he cleared that quickly' and 'we cant really afford the temping agency fees I wonder if theyll neogotiate' were overheard during that time.

Get called into the office - 'Oh you dont fit your too laid back and your not working hard enough, We're giving you a weeks notice' If I wasnt working hard why give me a weeks notice?

At which point I said no thanks and left them.

My point is why couldnt they have been more honest and said they

A: have no more work and
B: We have no more money to spend.

Why oh why do they have to lie?

Is this kind of dishonesty wide spread?

7:34 pm on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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yes.
7:41 pm on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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oh, & sorry about the layoff, that does really suck. If I hear of any juicy freelance jobs I'll sticky you.

What, incidentally, is your specialized area?

7:46 pm on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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^ ^ ^ LOL :-) (Inside laugh, Essex will understand that one. :-) )

Sems bad today but take it from an old man, leaving a job is not a LOSS. It is the cataclysmic event that forces change into your life and you will see that it pushes you into something better.

For now, take a day off on the lake, catch some fish, and visualize your next move.

7:49 pm on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yeah well it was only 2 days a week so it wont hurt, Id been doing 3 days a week now for a while and stepped up to 5.

I dont work in computing by the way but thanks for the offer to keep your eyes open.

7:55 pm on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm sorry to hear that you got laid off. Still there is now more time for your websites...
8:04 pm on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A gunfighter charges by the job, not by the bullet.
8:20 pm on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A gunfighter charges by the job, not by the bullet.
- Ill keep that in mind should I become a gunfighter.....
8:25 pm on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A lawman, frequently, charges by the hour not by the case.
8:36 pm on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Sorry to here such things, Essex_boy, but...

Went in and found a back log of 3 months, duly worked at it and cleared it ALL by Tuesday.


I anticipate that you inadvertently made them feel foolish. Rather than lose more face - they, having completely misunderstood the nature, complexity and logistics of the work required - it was easier for them to try and bluff their ignorance and 'blame' you rather than own up to their bosses and look even more incompetent!

The art of survival in such petty environs (local council!)? Blame someone else. In this instance that someone was you.

Syzygy

9:16 pm on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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- Ill keep that in mind should I become a gunfighter.....

I was almost positive you could make the connection without me having to spell it out for you.

A lawman, frequently, charges by the hour not by the case.

This lawman CHARGES BY THE JOB [webmasterworld.com]

9:42 pm on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Essex_boy - I forgot to say, my sympathies to you. I was once told that I wasn't 'committed'. My sin? I was on hourly pay and once the work of the day was done I asked to clock off and go home (whereas I presume they expected me to twiddle my thumbs and be paid for it the rest of the afternoon).

This lawman CHARGES BY THE JOB

That is a very good post, I'd not arrive here in Feb 2002 so I missed it!
10:00 pm on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Why oh why do they have to lie?

To get what they want as cheaply as possible.

Never believe your employer. Only money talks.

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Essex_boy, sorry to hear you were treated so badly. Something better will come along- it always does.

They didn't give the temp agency a bad report on you, did they?

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Take a vacation!

Lawman-excellent post! Now, if you can get Terry to come and explain how he avoids (Avoided? Will avoid?) creating rifts in the space time continuum-THAT would be an interesting read.

9:06 pm on Feb 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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temp agency a bad report on you, did they? - yeah they did! Turnips!

The consultant isnt returning my calls either.... Children, children.

Oh yeah it was a local council, when I went through my CV in the last 6 six years ive had 3 problem clients all of which were town/county councils!

Jokers the lot of them.

Reminds me of the time that I rang in to work saying just had a car crash and wouldnt be that day, went in the next and was pulled up before my department haed.

She didnt believe that Id had a car crash and written the car off - 'Cos how come youve got a car now?'
Errr because I went and bought another one.

Despite me having my hands cut to ribbons she still claimed I was liar...

 

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