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I’m due to start my new role on Monday and have been working through some virtual onboarding stuff this week. They’ve set me up with a schedule for my first few days, introduction to the company, some fun things for me to do and a buddy to help welcome me into the role.

Really impressed with how slick it is, can’t wait to actually get started now.

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Looks like my furlough has been extended to the end of August but with the likelihood I'll be brought back a couple of weeks before that to to start getting things ready for the start of next term. Was hoping to be brought back at the start of August as I'm gonna have a lot of work to do but not much I can do.

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I've been working from home from March 11th. Tomorrow I'll be back to our headquarters to work from there as I have to meet up with a new colleague to tell him about a subject that I know something about. I'm looking forward to going, it'll be nice to see my colleagues again and have some decent lunch.

However, I'm enjoying working from home quite a lot. I have a decent setup and it's very flexible for me to work from home, can usually have dinner ready earlier in the afternoon and stuff.The everyday is so less stressful because of this so will definitely keep working from home some days every week.

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I've been told I'll have to go back to work in one of my jobs on Monday (4 hour job at the shoe shop) but if I'm honest, I don't want to. It's not because I want more time off or anything (because I'm an outdoor person and I've honestly hated staying in...although I've managed to more or less do my fitness courses so bright side and all that) but it's because I genuinely do not feel like it's safe enough. I know it's just 4 hours but I just don't trust the customers enough and honestly, a lot of the time, people tend to come in when they're not well so it makes me wonder if they'll do the same now? When there's a sale, the customers usually just don't give a shit. I've had a couple of staff tell me that I've missed the rush and it's okay but I don't know. It's just messed with my OCD a lot.

Sure, people have gone back and they're fine but the screen is so small that it's pointless to have even installed it but all I got told was "it meets government guidelines". They must have met it to an absolute minimum. In my other job, they have a huge screen and has gone out of their way to make sure I feel safe enough and I have more confidence in returning there than I do to my 4 hour one. I'm considering not going back. I'm probably overreacting, I know, but I've literally more or less stayed inside for months and not really been around anybody. Maybe that's why I feel this way?

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I think it’s totally understandable and all people will feel this way to varying degrees.

If you don’t feel safe then you have to weigh up the risks of what happens if you don’t go back vs. what might happen if you do. Will it be easy to get something else equivelent with lower risk? You should weigh up the pros and cons and see overall what is the best thing to do.

As things stand right now, you’ve either had it or are waiting to get it, all of the measures being put in place are just to slow that spread so as not to put medical resources out of action. I think it’s your right to choose whether you go back to work or not, but need to think about how long you’re willing to remain in your current situation with no assurance it will ever change.

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Haven't been on here the last few days because I work at a bank and I have been put on a remediation team specialising in payment holiday applications, and it's turning into pure chaos. The procedures and what we're being told to do are changing almost daily, it's an absolute mess.

I cannot wait (sarcasm, eye roll, et al) until the potential extensions come into play as was put forward a few weeks ago. 

Live footage of me from yesterday:

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Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful I'm still working, but my workload tripled when Covid reared its ugly head, tripled again when payment holidays were announced, tripled again when those didn't work, tripled again when I started working on this remediation team, and triple every single day that something changes. 

But I do kindly suggest that under no circumstances you should ever take out a loan and should keep all of your money under your bed where it is safest. Maybe invest in a sock collection or something instead. 

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I test most of the software and sites that banks use. So I feel you on the workload aspect Julius. Some of it needs to support IE6 Shudder.

Work has been...interesting. Long story short I was about to sign the paperwork for a promotion when we were taken over by another company. Said company promised me the promotion and then...we are still waiting.

I was about ready to jump ship over it, I even told them as such. They gave me money...then covid. Now I get to WFH permanently. Which is a win as I'd wanted that for a very long time.

I've been keeping an eye out for jobs in the interim but nothing has quite taken my fancy (with a few interviews done). It's nice not to stress about it. But I'd have loved to have stayed here with the new role and not worried about moving on in the first place. Bloody politics I swear...

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I'm trying to look for a new job at the moment as I don't think my job at the school is all that secure these days. I think if they decide they need to start saving some money then my job as one of 2 IT guys is expendable.

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I'm 110% done with work at the moment.

Tried to politely tell a project manager they've told all the testers to use the wrong thing and he honestly came back to me saying "I remember the conversations about what to use but not the answer, can you look at the attached and see if you can find the decision?" Like seriously, sod off.

And it's only going to get worse over the next few weeks...

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21 hours ago, Ashley said:

I'm 110% done with work at the moment.

Tried to politely tell a project manager they've told all the testers to use the wrong thing and he honestly came back to me saying "I remember the conversations about what to use but not the answer, can you look at the attached and see if you can find the decision?" Like seriously, sod off.

And it's only going to get worse over the next few weeks...

"Whilst I understand that conversations can be remembered differently, I do not currently have the time to route through all conversations mentioned. If you're unsure of the answer, then perhaps this should have been communicated to the team (aka the testers) at the time." 

AKA, fuck you, do the work and if you didn't know 110% you shouldn't have bluffed it. 

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Work continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. 

Hey, let's stick Julius on a payment holiday specialist team because he's doing well at his job and we want this done right. 

Today, let's tell him to work this spreadsheet.

And three hours later, when he's making good progress, let's take him off that spreadsheet and get him to start handling complaints related to said payment holidays, ignore him and toss aside our contact strategy when he brings up the fact that there's an overlap in customers on the spreadsheet his team and another team are working, and let's ignore the fact that we've created a giant mess out of this. 

This has been my experience over the last week and a half at work, and it's starting to drive me up the wall. Stick me on something, let me get the job done, then move me across to do something else. Moving me about so much and brushing aside problems I notice is the best way to get me to start half-arsing things. 

The managers at my workplace are nice people, but they are not good managers

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So annoying hearing about changes at work that are being planned which will cost loads to re-cable rooms etc and while I know it’s not directly connected I still can’t help but sit here feeling annoyed that I and others have been furloughed for months not getting our full pay yet they still make all these stupid choices that are basically being funded by the money they saved not paying us.

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