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I went back to work today, but it soon became apparent that I'd bitten off more than I could chew: I'm not up to travelling 2 hours, sitting at a desk for 8, and then travelling back another 2, so after conferring with the company doctor, Jobsworth graciously allowed me to leave a couple of hours early. I think I'll go in only half days for the rest of the week, then try going back to full-time again next week.

But it was good to see my colleagues again, hear the gossip, and witness for myself the devastation that's been wrought by the latest round of redundancies. The day before I managed to trap my sciatic nerve simply by crossing my legs whilst sitting down to enjoy a coffee and a quiet read, 27 people had received the news that their services would no longer be required as of May 31st. Not surprisingly, quite a few of them have called in sick since then, and their empty desks serve as a stark reminder that really none of us are safe.

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deborahw37
Mar. 13th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
27 redundancies!!!

bloody hell that's harsh!


Hope botthe cold and the back get better soon
gamiila
Mar. 13th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
27 redundancies!!!

Yes. Basically, a whole department. But since we're now outsourcing to Bangalore and China, these people (highly trained and very experienced Tier 2 and 3 support engineers, and part of the training team) have been deemed too expensive and are no longer wanted. And this is just the tip of the iceberg -- we're looking to ditch 348 in total over the next 18 month period. :(
enigmaticblues
Mar. 13th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I've witnessed cutbacks, and it's never fun. It's nice that you were able to leave a little early. Hopefully, Jobsworth will be reasonable.
gamiila
Mar. 13th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
I've witnessed cutbacks, and it's never fun.

Indeed. The office is quite a dreary place at the moment, with lots of people uncertain about their departments' future. While the redundancy packages being offered really aren't bad, most of those affected would still much rather have their a job.
__kali__
Mar. 13th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
Eek! That's not good. (Work and illness-wise)
gamiila
Mar. 13th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
Work and illness-wise, things certainly could be better at the moment, but what can you do? Just try and make teh best of it, I think! ;-)
vegmb
Mar. 13th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
That is quite a bit to attempt when you are still not up to par. Half days do seem like a better idea, but it is such a pain to have the 4 hours of travel for 4 hours of work. Hope you are feeling well very soon.
gamiila
Mar. 13th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
but it is such a pain to have the 4 hours of travel for 4 hours of work.

That's why I tried going back to full-time immediately...but now I realise that by cutting back to half days, I'll still put in what many would consider a full day's work (shame Jobsworth doesn't see it that way, but I suppose he has been good about letting me go home early without too much of a wrangle, so I shouldn't really have a dig at him).
vegmb
Mar. 13th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
And it is so out of character for him to not give you a hard time about that. (I usually put in 9 hours at work and have a total 3 hour commute, so I totally understand that part of it.)
gamiila
Mar. 13th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
And it is so out of character for him to not give you a hard time about that.

I know! And the fact that he didn't veto my decision to cut back on the hours...You could've knocked me over with a feather, I was so surprised!

I'm blaming it on the concussion. His brain must have been scrambled worse than we previously suspected. ;-)
lillianmorgan
Mar. 14th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that it's a bit easier to come back to work, if you're only working part-time hours.
But 27 lay-offs is terrible. I suppose they're not making up the shortfall, but expecting everyone else to cover the work?
::many hugs:: anyway
gamiila
Mar. 14th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
I suppose they're not making up the shortfall, but expecting everyone else to cover the work?

Of course! This isn't about letting people go because there's no work or because they're not doing their jobs properly, or because they've found a better and more efficient way to get things done with less people doing it; it's to do with shareholders and dividends and making the stocks rise again, if only for the short term. To maximise your profits, you have to cut down on your expenditure, and in the West, the biggest expenditure by far is the payroll.

Then, if you have to hire other companies to provide you with a workforce in say India, where salaries are low, and temp agencies in the West, even if in the long run these options are more expensive than hiring your own employees direct, by the magic that is creative accounting, these costs will come under the header of 'Variable Costs', which aren't taken into consideration when it comes to determining whether or not a company does well on the stock market.
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