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I was Mordred writes, "I've been out of work for a while now... however, every cloud must have a silver lining. Tell us your stories of the upside to unemployment."

You can tell us about the unexpected downsides too if you want.

(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 10:02)
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Getting my own back....
Last August the company I was working for decided that they needed to reduce the size of their sales team. I hadn't been there for long (but over a year so I had some rights) so I was first in line for redundancy. I had a chat with the boss and asked if they would be increasing the size of the sales team when the downturn came to and end. "Sure we will" came the response", "would you be interested in coming back?"

Well, obviously not but if they made me redundant at that point, they would not be able to back fill my role later on down the line - for those who know their HR law, it's the job you make redundant not the person.

Oh, what were they going to do???? Well, there's only one option, I told them. you'll have to offer me a compromise agreement, then I'll go quietly and not take them to a tribunal. And I want a decent wedge of cash to make it worth my while. Well, had they made me redundant I would have come out with about 2 weeks pay, instead I left with a signed agreement not to sue them and a tax free payment of 7500 in the bank...

3 weeks later I had set up my own company in competition with them and at the moment I'm poaching their staff with two of my old colleagues starting next week! Result!

And as we provide payroll services to contractors,and as more people are recruiting contractors than permanent staff, the business is growing very quickly. Double result!!

Just shows you though, when you lose your job it can seem like the end of the world but sometimes it's just what you need to give you a reason to go and do what you REALLY want to do.
(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 13:38, closed)
Glad that it's working out for you. And yes I agree that sometimes bad news is just the catalyst you need to make some positive life-changing decisions.
(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 13:44, closed)
That is fucking EXCELLENT!!!
Being from a sales background myself I know how people are constantly trying to shaft you - well done!

Its nice when it turns out you've got the bigger cock!
(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 13:48, closed)
Makes me really grateful
that I took a bit of notice during my Employment Law training sessions.

By the way, part of the compromise agreement says I mustn't talk about it. I'm going to have to kill you all......
(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 14:17, closed)
I don't get it..
..they asked you if you would be interested in coming back when the job became available again...?

Hence they are definitely getting rid of the job, at least temporarily. Did you just confuse them into giving you seventy five hundred quid?
(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 17:15, closed)

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