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Sacked...by TEXT?!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by makeshiftwings, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. makeshiftwings


    Joined: Jul 22, 2004

    Posts: 877

    Location: United Kingdom

    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!
  2. Darg


    Joined: Sep 6, 2006

    Posts: 6,204

    Location: London

    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.
  3. [TW]Sponge


    Joined: Feb 23, 2010

    Posts: 6,566

    Location: Hereford

    This, that's shocking.
  4. bitslice


    Joined: May 18, 2006

    Posts: 9,042

    Working for a women boss is either really good or really bad IME,
    give me an average bloke every time.
  5. Pawnless Endgame


    Joined: May 10, 2004

    Posts: 9,125

    Location: Sunny Stafford

    Sacking by text? That's low - in the same league as dumping by text.
  6. J-FRO


    Joined: Jan 17, 2011

    Posts: 4,420

    Location: Essex

  7. Gackt


    Joined: Apr 2, 2007

    Posts: 6,405

    Unfortunately I have to agree.
  8. Van Hellseek


    Joined: Jun 2, 2004

    Posts: 18,403

    lol eggface.
  9. Dr House


    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 12,769

    Location: London / Prague

    was he working for T2M?
  10. OriginalJonty


    Joined: Jun 7, 2010

    Posts: 2,730

    Location: Kent

    That's very unprofessional. She should have called a meeting with him, told him he was sacked and explained why.
  11. BigglesPiP


    Joined: Mar 8, 2006

    Posts: 13,235

    Location: Chandlers Ford

    Estate agents, they're lazy and greedy, I thought we all knew this?
  12. Rroff

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: Oct 13, 2006

    Posts: 50,402

    EDIT: Didn't see the bit where he was still in probation period
  13. Rainmaker


    Joined: Aug 18, 2007

    Posts: 7,527

    Location: Liverpool

    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. :o
  14. Semiskimmed


    Joined: Jun 30, 2006

    Posts: 4,540

    thats rough :(
  15. HAz


    Joined: May 1, 2003

    Posts: 10,732

    Location: Torquay Devon

  16. Edrof


    Joined: Nov 16, 2009

    Posts: 15,699

    Location: UK

    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?
  17. ivrytwr3


    Joined: Aug 25, 2006

    Posts: 2,581

    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!)
  18. WingZero30


    Joined: Jun 1, 2010

    Posts: 6,999

    Location: London


    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:p.
    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.
  19. shaffaaf27


    Joined: Jun 16, 2007

    Posts: 5,241

    Location: London

    LOL woman boss.
  20. dannycivic02


    Joined: Jan 16, 2011

    Posts: 470

    Location: Lincolnshire

    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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