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The Sword of Damocles

By Roy Penfold ·
How's this for job security?

On the 23rd of November, my employer sent out a letter saying that due to sustained losses, they were probably going to make some jobs redundant.

On the 25th of November, I received a letter from the MD stating that my job was one of the jobs at risk (I single handedly run the IT for a multi branch operation with over 50 users by the way).

On the 29th of November, I met with the MD who said that the directors had discussed all potential redundancies and the MD himself had put up such a strong case for keeping my position, that they could not consider making it redundant.

Today, I received a further letter stating that my position was still under review, and they would let me know on or before the 6th of January 2006.

Time to hit the employment agencies methinks...

What do you reckon?

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It never hurts to explore your options

by JamesRL In reply to The Sword of Damocles

I've been in similar situations.

I've been one of those left behind and found it a nightmare as they try to do more and more with fewer and fewer people. So even if you are spared, the company will have changed with the restructuring, and not necessarily to your liking.

So brush off the resume, and freshen it up. There are some great books out there to help. Think about the kinds of companies you would like to work for - who is your dream employer? And start looking at creating a marketing letter. Scan the online job listings at least to get sense of whats out there. Start reading the business section of the newspaper to see who is expanding.

I wouldn't hit the employment agencies until you are certain you want to leave - you can talk to them but make sure you are clear - if they come to you with a job thats a fit and you don't take it, they won't bother with you again.


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by Roy Penfold In reply to It never hurts to explore ...


I think that if I do stay, the company may be on its last legs, so it may be time to quit whilst I can still get some sort of settlement (besides which I would not be any worse off on benefits with my low rate of pay).

I may freelance for a while, been googling IT freelancers in my local area to see if there are any holes I could fill...

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The good ones

by beads In reply to Thanks

The good people are usually the first to leave when a company faulters. You can use that to your advantage as well with a potential new client/employer.

That and IT seems to be making quite the comeback as of late - at least here in Chicago. Been offered as much as $60.00/hour straight time for a router refresh project with much overtime for a year. If thats not a warming IT market than I wouldn't know what is after 25+ years in the biz.

- beads

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Are your employers nuts??

by stargazerr In reply to The Sword of Damocles

Sounds like they feel like playing Eeny meeny miney mo ...


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Sticking a pin in a list of names

by Roy Penfold In reply to Are your employers nuts??

It certainly feels like eeny meeny miny mo, one of the targeted jobs was the Finance Manager....

Methinks that the Director that both he and I answer to is going to have one **** of a workload!

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If they let you go...

by DMambo In reply to The Sword of Damocles

They'll be much more appreciative of your replacement when they hire him/her 4 months hence.

I provide support to a location a few hours away that has about 20 users. I've never actually been there, but they're the biggest pains in the butt that I have to deal with. Their "IT dept" quit to take a new job because the site was downsized dramatically. I wish he was still there. Gives me a lot of sympathy for people how provide phone support.

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poor mambo

by jdclyde In reply to If they let you go...

Has to give phone support!

Last summer, it took 30 minutes to determine the problem a user was having. His document "wasn't printing correctly".

If FINALLY turned out that the part that wasn't "printing correctly" was the YELLOW text, and (you guessed it) he was out of yellow ink. (sigh) I had even asked him at the begining how long it had been since he had changed his ink cartridge. "just the other day". I INSISTED he put a new one in anyways and it worked..... Lucky for him he was about 150 miles away! id10t errrors run rampant!

So, what does "**** Qwai" mean?

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No matter what you do

by jdclyde In reply to The Sword of Damocles

DO NOT start documenting what it is you do, "to justify what you do all day".

When an employer asks this of employees, it is because they don't know WHAT they do so it is hard to get rid of them.

Start getting any documentation you have done for yourself OFF SITE. You do not want to make it easy for someone else to do your job.

Backup all of YOUR research and information on your systems and get it OFF SITE.

Stop spending money. Let people know Christmas will be tight this year and keep it small. This is a time for squirling away money, not spending it!

Get your resume out there and be very active in looking for something else. Even if you escape this round of cuts, the fact that you have been considered and left to hand in the wind for over a month AND through the holidays show they have no concern for you or your welfare.

Stay there only until you get a new job and then thank them for the opportunity they have presented in the past and you wish them well. Do NOT leave on bad terms, as it NEVER helps to burn a bridge or ever make an enemy.

Live everyday as if you will NOT be keeping that position. If you do get to keep it, I would STILL look for somewhere else to work.

Good Luck!

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Now thats ...

by stargazerr In reply to No matter what you do

Brilliant advice ...

But the boss should know that you dont appreciate his eeny meeny miney mo ...

I feel devilish ... give him a piece of your mind before you leave the office for good...


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that minute of "zing"

by jdclyde In reply to Now thats ...

is NOT worth possible problems down the road.

You are a working professional. Keep it professional.

NEVER burn a bridge, it could come back to haunt you.

(I know, a real killjoy!)

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