Unemployed.........today

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Hi kids
Just got made redundant today, company had a slow year last and is down sizing. I wasn't the only one, part of my team and other people were also finished up. Was the Customer/ Services manager for an eyewear company. Unfortunate but such as life.

Reason for the post

Anyone wanna head up to the high country for a few days, I have some time up my sleeves hahaha Want to get in some small trips before looking for a new job.
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 14:03

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 14:03
Hi Crazie...

bit of a bummer.....at least as you say you've got more time for tavel..... :) hope you get a new job soon....

Lyn
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Reply By: Member - Nobby - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 14:09

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 14:09
Yeah sorry to hear that Crazie. If I lived down there I would be in it but fortunately I live in "Perfect one Day etc". Hope all goes well in the future.
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Reply By: Member - Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 14:16

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 14:16
Not a good feeling hey Crazie. You've got the right idea though.
Get away to the great outdoors for a few days.
Good luck matey!!! Keep positive.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 14:36

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 14:36
G'day Crazie,

Sorry to read about that mate; but try to make the most of it.

Funny how companies always seem to be downsizing in the "Customer/Service" area of the business; never the "Fat Cat" area!!!!!!

Keep on 4 wheelin' mate
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 15:29

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 15:29
They have done that at my work, but now have seen the errors of their ways, and hired a "TEAM" of 4 new MANAGERS to figure out what went wrong.

Amazing, our customer service team went from 8 people with 4yrs or more in the company, down to a team of 4 with only 2 with 4 yrs experience, and now they are hiring newbys with 0 minutes experience. Save $10.00 for a few weeks, then lose $100k in customers..

Suppose thats why Im not management material, I dont understand their way of thinking..
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Follow Up By: GO_OFFROAD - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 00:10

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 00:10
Its pretty simple to figure middle management thinking bruce, as middle management need to keep things in termoil, or otherwise there is nothing for middle management to to do......

They keep a constant evolution of "if it isnt broken, then lets break it, then get patted on the back for fixing it.....'
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 09:23

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 09:23
A former company of mine ended up either re- hiring some of the people they retrenched and got the rest back as consultants!. (I was re hired for 2 years and retrenched again)
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 09:46

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 09:46
Your 100% right there Darren.

Where I am, the dude got a pat on the back for cutting $500k in costs...

Figures out now show 6 mths later these "SAVINGS" have cost the company more than triple that.
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 14:48

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 14:48
Sorry to here of this mate but on the bright side gives you more time to spend on the Landy!!!!!!
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Reply By: beatit - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 15:04

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 15:04
G'day Crazie,

Had a similar experience 7 years ago after 23 yrs with the same organisation. Landed on my feet though after nearly 6 months of wondering what would happen next. Know what your going through but I tell you it turned out the best thing that could have happened to me, I'm not looking back.

Mate, I hope there was a good amount of money involved for you and things have a way of working themselves out.

All the best, I'd be there but a bit too far from Brisbane.

Kind regards
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Reply By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 15:35

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 15:35
Sorry to hear about it Crazie. I went through the same thing about three years ago..... but ended up better off after about 3 months. Chin up.... :)

PS - If you are still up in the VHC in early April, we'll see you about. (Nice looooooooooooooooong holiday!)

Cheers
Chris
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Reply By: Brian B (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 15:42

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 15:42
Hi Crazie,

Sorry to hear that.

All will work out in the end.

Cheers.

Brian
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 16:31

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 16:31
Mate I had the same thing happen to me a few of years ago. They couldn't have had worse timing as I was struggling with house and car payments by myself (newly single at the time) and it was probally one of the hardest times of my life. But like the others have said, dunno how, but it turned out to be the best thing to have happened to me as I've never looked back. Not only that but the mongrels waited until we all came back from the christmas break (spending all our holiday pay) and told us the first day back. Who would want to work for that kind of company anyway...

Now, great job, new house, loving wife 2 kids and an awsome little yota. :-)

Good luck, hope it all works out!
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Reply By: Grumpybum - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 16:48

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 16:48
That's too bad Crazie.............. but you don't sound too despondent. These things are quite often a blessing in disquise - just remember that being unemployed is like any other 9 hr/day job - except you dont get paid!

Work at it and you will get 'lucky' Enjoy your freedom and the high country :-)

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Russell B (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 17:00

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 17:00
Was on the excess list for 6 months, didn't want a package but if I had to then like the boatman on the oil ship of the baddies in Costner's WaterWorld watching the incendiary device dropping down on him. "What the / thank God"

Well I survived that round and have been suffering in silence eversince waiting for the next one. Selling up and making do doesn't sound all that bad.

Regards
Russell
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Reply By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 17:24

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 17:24
Just wanted to thank everyone for there wishes.

It was a shock at first, but now I might have some time to build my rear _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx and fridge slide, then take to task on my landy project. The High country is a definate trip.

I am feeling heaps better with the wishes and stories and member mesages from the people here.

Thanks heaps everyone.

Adam
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 18:10

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 18:10
Oh $hit mate thats no good for both you and me.
You will get it sorted I'm sure.

Take care.
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Follow Up By: Glenn (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 18:22

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 18:22
Hi Crazie,

Send me an email on adminat4wdadventureoz.com,

There are some trips that I have planned that you would be most welcome to join. Bad luck on the news, I am trying to get a package now, having seen 60 of my colleagues being made redundant lately, but not a chance for me....yet.

Cheers

Glenn
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 19:55

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 19:55
onya Crazie,

now in the interim you can head bush during the week when there a lot less vehicles out there! hope you aren't up against the wall but have time to reassess. You may end up somewhere better.

when one door is closed, many more are open...
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 07:29

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 07:29
John

I should still be getting it for you. Its all on good terms and they know i wanted it. It had to be ordered, I will let you know.
Crazie

Glen
I will send you and email soon, thank you.

Bushfix

Too right about the less vehicles up the bush, I will try and get there asap

Crazie
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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 17:31

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 17:31
Sorry to hear that.
I am often available to go camping during the week, where do you live, I assume you mean the Victorian high country. If that is what you mean, email me your phone number ..... patrol6@ozemail.com.au
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Reply By: Bros - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 18:09

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 18:09
Crazie,
Sorry to hear of your present unemployed status. Maybe you can make a buck or two selling your idea of the fans in the back of Chescolds. just joking. Hope everything turns out alright.
Cheers,
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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 18:23

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 18:23
bad luck mate
my young bloke got done 2 weeks ago
where did he work
salvos employment office

steve
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Reply By: Member Eric - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 19:28

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 19:28
Geez mate .. a bit sudden , well i guees that how it goes , all for a good reason mate, I am sure theres a better job out there for you . Lets do lunch
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 09:48

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 09:48
Make it over this way - Nunawading.
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 14:11

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 14:11
Hey Eric
I will give you a buzz
cheer
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 19:02

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 19:02
Lazy bagga . No you come our way lol
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 19:05

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 19:05
Is this 2 against 1 hahaha, you two sort it out and let me know and I will rock on over

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 22:46

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 22:46
Lunch - Blackburn Hotel?

Evening drinks - maybe that pub on Wellington and Stud Road?
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 19:39

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 19:39
Hey buddie, join the club, ive been out for a while now, doing odd bits and pieces, seem close to picking up something now so its looking up.

Now that ironman suspension mob was after someone for their clayton operation, i would have put in but ill be buggered if i'm driving across there every day, you on the other hand..... could be worth a look, they wanted a 4x4 enthusiast.

Ive nearly spent my cash reserves, so no new toys/ projects for a while for me :-((

Let me know when you decide on trips, i may be available :-))))))

i've got a feeling come mid year and jonnys job reforms, you wont be the only one...

Crappy news mate, Hug the missus, grab a drink and put ya feet up.
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 19:49

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 19:49
Best of luck Crazie. I'd whip off a few letters before you go bush - you'll sleep better knowing you've started the ball rolling.
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 20:09

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 20:09
been retrenched 3 rimes now - best thing for your bank balance coz I have always been back in work within 2 weeks. Always a bit stressfull at the time though
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Reply By: AdrianLR - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 20:24

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 20:24
Always difficult at the time (was there myself a couple of years ago) but the "real" break (not just holidays) is a good time to re-assess things. The trip to the high country is a great way to give yourself space to think.

Best of luck

Adrian
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Reply By: Gajm (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 21:59

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 21:59
Really sorry to hear it Crazie, if it makes you feel any better Ive been off for a couple of years now, and am still managing to keep optimisitc, albeit barely. So I hope you find something real soon as I know how much the whole process can knock you around, best of luck.
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Reply By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 22:28

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 22:28
Crazie Crazie Crazie, what has happened?????????????????
I spose this means now you wont be buying my fridge slide of me for $295 now......... You told me you were going to take it! Now what..................
Karen
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 23:33

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 23:33
^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
Is this for real?

Must surely be a joke!
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Follow Up By: GO_OFFROAD - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 00:07

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 00:07
It doesnt appear to be a joke, especially given he mentions the word "ME" so many times in a sentence...........
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 07:06

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 07:06
it's a joke, check post 20262.
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 07:25

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 07:25
Karen karen karen

thats very funny, I was thinking you would now donate the fridge slide and maybe you could throw in Geoffs new boat since you guys haven't got the time at the moment to use it. I will take great care of it....... hahaha

You have people wondering, they think your a little harsh haha
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 13:47

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 13:47
Thanks Bushfix, at least someone realised it was joke. No one saw the real members message I sent to Crazie with my condolences. had a couple wondering though. Crazie knew what I was on about.......LOL
Karen

And by the way Go offroad, I'm a girl not a he.........................LOL
But then again I could probably give you blokes a run for your money.........if your interested..............LOL
See yas
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Reply By: motherhen - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 02:18

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 02:18
Just got back from my lovely holiday to find i am most likely looking at a redundancy too. Very stressful - i don't cope well in a stressful environment. All i want to do is get enough $$$s to get on the road again. In a small rural town, not much chance of getting another job either, and with the farm would never get anything from Centrelink. Been up all night writing to my union. Good luck Crazie.
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Reply By: Rick Blaine - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 07:51

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 07:51
Crazie... sorry to here that but one door closes ... another opens... I was "dismissed because of war related injury" mate it knocked me for a six but after a while I discovered that work wasn't everything. I do very little paid work now but my days are very full, life can be fun on a pension & I now wonder when I had the time to go to work. Just make sure you got a seperation certificate and take some time off.. don't even look for work until your blood pressure drops.
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Reply By: Nudenut - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 09:32

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 09:32
lucky bugga
i wish i could become unemployed...she says i still have to keep working to maintain and keep her in the luxury she deserves...

sob sob
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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 09:40

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 09:40
Sorry to hear about your current position Crazie but as someone said a door will open somewhere.

Your name is quite apt really "CRAZIE" as thats what business is like. It is crazie(sic) that as we supposedly become more customer focussed we reduce staff in the customer services areas of business. Add to that those recorded phone messages if you want this then press no# etc.

I can't wait to see us back when no one cared about customer service bec ause in a lot of cases the customer service was better.

Customer service cannot be made or created, manufactured. It has to come from a genuine desire from within.

Off my hobbyhorse now.

Good luck for the futiure and happy 4wheelin
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 14:13

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 14:13
Hi David
Yep stuck with the name, last name is Craze...

thanks for the reply
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Reply By: Savvas - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 12:26

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 12:26
Crazie,

Good luck, buddy. Hope you find something you like once you have had your break.

I do hope that your ex-employer did the right thing by you in way of compensation for the termination. You hear too often these days of people being let loose with nothing.

Cheers,
Savvas
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 21:09

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 21:09
Sorry to hear that Ads, no spendup at Wandin eh? If you eant some pocket money you can paint Kates unit at Parkville this weekend

Hope it all sorts itself out soon mate, if you're in need then call me or whatever if I can help
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Reply By: Casnat - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 22:32

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 22:32
Sorry to hear of your news. As much as it sounds repetitive, things usually do end up for the best. I've been given a package 3 times so far and each time it has ended up being a god-send. I'm "between jobs" myself at present (this time my choice). I'm in Adelaide not Melbourne but might be interested in a quick getaway. How long etc did you have in mind. I've not experienced the Vic High country except on ski's. Haven't mentioned this to the wife and kids yet so just an exploratory enquiry (they wouldn't be coming but you know how the leave pass thing works). Maybe I can meet you somewhere mid trip or something?

Trevor
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