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Old 24th Apr 2011, 22:55   #1
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Sacked...by TEXT?!

A friend of mine was working for an estate agency in London (not sure which one, but the workplace isn't really relevant).

The boss lady never really took to him (his words). He tried to push his commitment up a notch; getting some clients in and trying to make an effort.

Two days later, he gets a text basically telling him that he was sacked. Reason? He'd opened some mail. It was addressed to the company, not to her. Tried to call his boss - nothing. She only replies when he asks to collect his personal items.

Now he was in his probational period but still - by TEXT? Seems very unprofessional and cowardly. I'm aware that you can be let go for pretty much no reason during probation but - of all the friends of mine who have been let go like that, they at least got a phone call.

I'm just really upset for him. I don't know the full story but I'm just aghast at the cheek of it!

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Old 24th Apr 2011, 23:00   #2
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Best to get out of the place early on if the manager is like that. There are better jobs out there for someone that's actually committed.

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Old 24th Apr 2011, 23:01   #3
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Best to get out of the place early on if the manager is like that. There are better jobs out there for someone that's actually committed.
This, that's shocking.
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Old 24th Apr 2011, 23:02   #4
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Working for a women boss is either really good or really bad IME,
give me an average bloke every time.
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Old 24th Apr 2011, 23:08   #5
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Sacking by text? That's low - in the same league as dumping by text.

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Old 24th Apr 2011, 23:13   #6
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Working for a women boss is either really good or really bad IME,
give me an average bloke every time.
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Old 24th Apr 2011, 23:16   #7
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Working for a women boss is either really good or really bad IME,
give me an average bloke every time.
Unfortunately I have to agree.
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Old 24th Apr 2011, 23:17   #8
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lol eggface.

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Old 25th Apr 2011, 00:06   #9
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was he working for T2M?
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Old 25th Apr 2011, 00:09   #10
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That's very unprofessional. She should have called a meeting with him, told him he was sacked and explained why.

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Old 25th Apr 2011, 00:12   #11
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Estate agents, they're lazy and greedy, I thought we all knew this?


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Old 25th Apr 2011, 00:56   #12
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EDIT: Didn't see the bit where he was still in probation period

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Old 25th Apr 2011, 01:18   #13
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Believe it or not, I've had worse. I was employed by a company to start up a sales department, create a database from old clients, and start bringing in new business. The employer knew I was ill (long term condition/disability) when they employed me.

In the first 10 weeks, I brought in quite a few new clients - one of which was so large it necessitated a new sub-office being set up! The next week (week 11) I had ONE day off due to unavoidable illness which made it physically impossible to get to work, and was related to my disability.

I received a SSP form in the post the next day, with the front page being ticked "No longer works for our company". Low.

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Old 25th Apr 2011, 01:58   #14
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Old 25th Apr 2011, 02:09   #15
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Old 25th Apr 2011, 05:59   #16
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Wow, Rainmaker that's baaaaaaaaaad. I can't help thinking that you and makeshiftwings are better off somewhere else, though.

Also, estate agencies: they are well-known for being pits of despair aren't they?

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Old 25th Apr 2011, 06:47   #17
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No rights if employed for under a year by the company - so no use with tribunals, CAB etc.

Only thing i can think of is to take it to the papers. Seriously, they love stuff like this and your mate will earn a few hundred for it (it's not as if he's going to be asking for a reference from this company!)
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Old 25th Apr 2011, 07:26   #18
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Working for a women boss is either really good or really bad IME,
give me an average bloke every time.
This.

I think it's to do with general male attitude to work compared to female where men have more in common on how to approach a task.

I remember when I used to work in a shop. My manageress always deemed me slow as she used to love multi-tasking which I believe women are naturally good at since it is wired in their brain.
Whereas I liked doing one thing at a time and completing it before moving onto another task. I told her this is the best way I can do as multi tasking distracts me heavily.

Imo it is easier to put up with a bad male boss than a bad female boss. Women also tend to have a more bitchy attitude towards each other.

Personally I have found bad female bosses/co-workers very shallow and lacking broad mindset. On the other hand you will also find very friendly female co-workers.

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Old 25th Apr 2011, 07:30   #19
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LOL woman boss.

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Old 25th Apr 2011, 07:50   #20
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Thats pretty wrong tbf its like those army emails although not as bad that was laying off guys while they were away on operations.


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Old 25th Apr 2011, 08:18   #21
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LOL I wouldn't expect any less from estate agents.

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Old 25th Apr 2011, 08:40   #22
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I'd certainly be looking at unfair dismissal. Even in the probation period they have to give good reasons.


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Old 25th Apr 2011, 08:42   #23
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Welcome to the private sector of small companies.


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Old 25th Apr 2011, 08:52   #24
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Working for a women boss is either really good or really bad IME,
give me an average bloke every time.
A survey carried out about a year ago revealed that the vast majority of workers (male and female) preferred a male boss as they were deemed to be fairer and less prone to bringing personal problems into work. They are also less prone to "bitching" about colleagues or have mood swings.

Even 2/3rds of women prefer male bosses as they can separate personal problems from work and have a more "straight talking attitude"



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http://news.scotsman.com/womenandwor...ing.6470445.jp

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/bu...6908-22482185/

and many many more references available.


Kinda smacks of hypocrisy (and actually supports the above argument) that women bleat about not having enough females in top jobs yet actually PREFER male bosses at work.

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Old 25th Apr 2011, 08:55   #25
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I'd certainly be looking at unfair dismissal. Even in the probation period they have to give good reasons.


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eh ?

No You wouldn't

he's on probation.

Usually, he can be sacked with a weeks notice for no reason other than the sky was a bit cloudy today if they want. Thats the point of a probationary period. You can be let go easily if you don't work out.

As an example, our HR department are **** scared of tribunals. So much so that even somebody who hacked his boss' work computer, obtained files from it and distributed them via email was let off with a written warning. But even we managed to sack somebody on the week before christmas during probation because he was crap.

The only issue here is her lack of morals doing it by text. But if she's that sort of boss, he's better off working somewhere else.


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Best to get out of the place early on if the manager is like that. There are better jobs out there for someone that's actually committed.
+1

Reminds me of place were I worked, **** was using the 3 month probation period for cheap labour instead of hiring a contractor. I caught on to this from the way the boss was pressurising me to complete a project in double quick time. Apparently there had also been a string of good developers before me that had been sacked

Anyway one day I decided to 'work from home' and the rest is history. Really glad it worked out that way as I found out that the company primarily focused on selling porn, writing viruses, poisoning DNSs just to steal users money

****** got what he deserved anyway

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Old 25th Apr 2011, 09:13   #27
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I'd certainly be looking at unfair dismissal. Even in the probation period they have to give good reasons.


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with less than 12months in the job, good luck with that
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Old 25th Apr 2011, 09:21   #28
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Should at least name and shame

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Old 25th Apr 2011, 09:25   #29
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Believe it or not, I've had worse. I was employed by a company to start up a sales department, create a database from old clients, and start bringing in new business. The employer knew I was ill (long term condition/disability) when they employed me.

In the first 10 weeks, I brought in quite a few new clients - one of which was so large it necessitated a new sub-office being set up! The next week (week 11) I had ONE day off due to unavoidable illness which made it physically impossible to get to work, and was related to my disability.

I received a SSP form in the post the next day, with the front page being ticked "No longer works for our company". Low.
Is that even legal????

Uhh... which button makes this thing go?
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Female bosses are horrible to work with, almost psychotic in my experience. Never again.

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