Sorry, but just got to get this latest insanity off my chest.
The background: I’ve had no proper work since March, and am currently towards the end of a 90-day consultation period, which is going to result in 640 redundancies.
Since I lost my former post, back in March it has been MY responsibility to try to find alternative work within the company.
Everyone “on the bench” - which is the euphemism they use when someone has no proper job - is assigned certain tasks by their manager, which can include personal development (doing computer-based-training), and tasks beneficial to the company - since they are still paying you.
Anyway, one of the tasks I have been assigned by my manager, and have accordingly been reporting on every week (so no hint of any subterfuge or acting without authority) has been to do a bit of “free” work for a particular account.
It’s not much, and to be honest, it hasn’t really been going very well, but the idea was that if I could get a foot in the door, it MIGHT translate into a proper post. It happens to be local to me, too, which would have been handy, considering my health and difficulty travelling…
Anyway, having spoken, today, to the well-meaning chap who has been trying to ease me into this position, he suggested the recipient organisation might need a bit of “encouragement” to make it official, and that perhaps the so-called “Redeployment Team” ought to start earning their pay - and their name - and see if there was any influence they could bring to bear.
He suggested I contact them, and ask if there was anything they could do to promote my cause.
Bad, bad, mistake…
Instead of getting back to me about how she might help, my so-called “Redeployment Officer” (is that supposed to be a joke?) has replied that I am NOT ALLOWED to do that work, as if I had been very naughty.
I wouldn’t mind, but this is a task that was officially assigned to me, by my manager, as soon as I went “on the bench”, which I officially and openly declared, from the outset, and furthermore which I have reported on every week, both to my manager, and to my useless waste-of-space of a Redeployment Officer!
That means it’s two months, at least, that I’ve been recording, for her, and for the world in general, that I was doing it.
Never has anybody raised a question or complaint. Until I have asked for help getting it made permanent. And now, instead of the requested help, I’m told I should never have been doing it in the first place!
Work that my manager set me, and that Old Uncle Tom Cobbly 'n all knew I was doing - or at least should have known, if they ever read anything I sent them.
Yes, in truth, I was concerned I was doing it for free, and that this meant the “customer” (internal customer) would have no incentive ever to regularise the position. BUT, having been duly assigned the work by my manager, AND having reported on it openly and honestly ever since, it never occurred to me that it was in any way “against the rules”, otherwise somebody would have said…wouldn’t they?
Well, apparently not.
So now, instead of having help to perhaps translate a favour into paid work, I’m told I cannot persevere with the favour at all. It seems I must literally do nothing, even when there’s work someone wants done, and which I am willing and able to do.
I know some of you will be thinking: “Well, if thats really how perverse and short-sighted they are, the sooner she’s out of there the better”.
And, to an extent, I’m beginning to agree.
I just hope that if and when I DO lose my job, the silly bint who’s supposed to have been helping me, but hasn’t noticed for two months that I’m allegedly doing something “against the rules” goes too. It would add insult to injury, to find that is the kind of person they think “adds value”, when there is no place for me.
How can you meticulously do everything by-the-book, week after week, in full view of everyone,but then be told you’ve been doing it all wrong?
I posted recently about motivation. HOW can anyone stay motivated with this? The one piece of meaningful work I still had, which might have led to something, is “forbidden”, with immediate effect.
I just can’t be bothered any more.
I might just as well sit here, and stuff my face with chocolate, and wait for the call that tells me I’m redundant. I don’t know why I even submit the reports that explain what I’ve been doing, since it’s perfectly clear nobody ever reads them.
Sorry for the rant.