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At least I know where I stand now

Today's meeting was enlightening inasmuch as the following has become clear:

• Neither Jobsworth nor HR are willing to 'go the extra mile' -- HR point to an upcoming WFR (Workforce Reduction) which will mean that very soon, substantial numbers of employees will be looking for another job within HP; based on present performance, they cannot 'sell' me to another manager -- if I want them to help me find another job within the company, I will have to prove myself with sustained consistency of performance for a prolonged period of time (4-6 months);
• HR can, if an employee decides to leave the company, dissolve the work agreement according to the so-called 'kantonrechtersformule' - i.e. let the employee leave with an extra months' salary for every year that they have worked for HP;
• When the company doctor declared me fit for work several weeks ago, she declared me physically and mentally fit, according to present-day directives. Which means that as far as the company/HR/my manager are concerned, there are no medically valid reasons for me not to do my job and do my job well.

Of course, I am free to contest the company doctor's assessment with the proper authority. However, Tinny tells me this will not do me any good. The law has recently been changed and made much stricter, and these days, as long as someone is able to stand, they are fit for work in every way.

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bogwitch
Mar. 14th, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
Bugger.
gamiila
Mar. 14th, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
'Bugger' about sums it up, really...
calove
Mar. 14th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
That's hard (to put it mildly).

How long have you worked for HP? Long enough to tide you over until you find something else?
gamiila
Mar. 14th, 2005 12:51 pm (UTC)
My contract with HP started May 1st, 1996 -- blimey! it'll be 9 years soon. Tide me over? I don't know; the IRS will receive most of it, of course.

Plus, HP said they can go that way. Doesn't mean to say they will.
curiouswombat
Mar. 14th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC)
If you hang on and stick it until they do have their WFR would you be able to take voluntary redundancy at that time? Or be likely to be made redundant? Do you have decent redundancy payments in your corner of the EU? If you do, and you held out till then, they wouldn't have the option of will they/won't they 'go that way' they would have to give you the money!
gamiila
Mar. 14th, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, my job/department has been designated 'Adopt & Go'...that means, not under threat of downsizing. Which is also one of the reasons why they're not giving me much hope of relocating to another department; because very soon, people who are going to be redundant, will have prior claim.
curiouswombat
Mar. 14th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
Shame!
calove
Mar. 14th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
Gits.

Nope - no other answer. You're just going to have to find something else. And then when you've found it, keep mum and talk 'em into giving you the pay-off.
gamiila
Mar. 14th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a plan! ;-)
superplin
Mar. 14th, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC)
Crap.
gamiila
Mar. 14th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
Oh well -- it may just turn out to be the kick up the backside I needed. bogwitch has given me until the end of April to find another job -- and Jobsworth is out for the rest of the week, which means this'll be the perfect time to work on my CV!
bogwitch
Mar. 14th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
Tsk. I thought you'd done that already.
gamiila
Mar. 14th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
Yesss...mostly...partly...well, some. But it still needs a bit of fine-tuning here and expanding there, you know...
hesadevil
Mar. 14th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
The fact that Jobsworth didn't bother explaining the reasons you couldn't move to another department just underlines what a rotten boss he is. Unfortunately, he's not a rarity. But what about company guidelines on your performance rating and the period you were officially sick?

The law has recently been changed and made much stricter, and these days, as long as someone is able to stand, they are fit for work in every way.

Similar rules came into force years ago in the UK. Seems the only excuse for not working to expectations is if you're dead.

It's cards-close-to-chest time. I'm with Boggy and Cass - time to jump ship.
gamiila
Mar. 14th, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
But what about company guidelines on your performance rating and the period you were officially sick?

Well, that's still under investigation (my complaint to the harassment counselor earlier)...but I'm not too hopeful that anything constructive will come out of it.
vegmb
Mar. 14th, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
And thank them very much for clearing that up. [roll eyes] At least he is out for the rest of the week and you won't have to deal with him.
gamiila
Mar. 14th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
And the trick cyclist could see for herself how intractable he can be. She knows now that I'm not making it up.
shopgirl2004
Mar. 14th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
Since we are newly friended, I don't know the details of your adventures with HP but it does sound as if you should move on. Nine years is a long time to spend with a company. Uprooting is stessful but worth it to your sanity. I think I'm actually trying to convince myself of this rather than you... LOL *glares at evil boss*
Hope it works out for you.
*hugs*
-Nicole
gamiila
Mar. 14th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Nicole. And you're right, 9 years is a long time -- I don't know how it happened, really! ;-)
desdemonaspace
Mar. 15th, 2005 01:02 am (UTC)
I said it before and I'll say it again. Bastards!

Want me to send in the Marines?

gamiila
Mar. 15th, 2005 07:07 am (UTC)
Nah, it's not worth it. But thanks for offering! ;-)
desdemonaspace
Mar. 15th, 2005 11:03 am (UTC)
{{{huggles you}}}
gamiila
Mar. 15th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
You're so sweet!
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