Category: Rambling


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The new HR manager, from the new corporate group arrived and asked if we have alternate suggestions to prevent retrenchments. We gathered there all of us from the admin and accounts departments. The store manger was also included. No one volunteered anything substantial.
Even the sun half heartedly shone through the sliding glass doors as if sensing our impending doom.
We requested to see him privately one on one. When my turn came I told him about how easy it was to remove stock from the premises. He thought I was joking and said “let us see if I can walk out with some stock”. We went into the factory and I showed him where to go and what to do. He took some metal items in his hand and we left through the heavy gate and walked past the security guard and he did not stop us.
We return to the office and carried on talking about stealing from the company. (Meanwhile, I found this out later). One of the reps had seen us and told the guard to find out what is going on. After a long story he called the store manager to intervene and said the man was with me and that is why he did not stop him. Which does not make sense really because I am not allowed to remove stock from the factory no matter if I am high up in the company or not.
The (now previous financial & HR manager) had her turn to speak to the HR manager from the corporation. (Those who read my blog regularly will remember that she is the one who has been going for chemo treatment for about 6 months.) She was told that her position is now obsolete and they are offering her a position as credit controller, debtors for the same salary as when she started at the company 5 years ago. She will lose her company car.
She has now decided to take voluntary retrenchment and rather see if she can get a position as financial manager closer to her home.
Although there is a corporate financial director and the HR manager some duties she performed I suspect they will expect me to do as I have done most of them while she has gone for her treatments. I just feel that on a long term basis it is going to be too much for me to handle.
My colleague who does one basic duty and who never does more that she has to, has now decided to send her cv out and try and find another position. That will leave me alone in debtors to do basic HR and petty cash plus my usual chores as credit controller and debt collector.
I admit that I have glanced at some jobs on offer websites and it was not encouraging.
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In February we had to sign a receipt of a letter. informing us that the corperate body taking over our small company, is considering restructuring and retrenchment. A month later they have completed discussions with the unions of the black workers and we were all summond for a meeting.
The corporation spokesman was the HR manager and he started out by saying “we thought we were getting a Ferari but we bought a Fiat thus retrenchment is unavoidable”. Basically we must come up with an alternative plan or retrenchments will go ahead. My brother who knows more about this than me says, it is so that if the unions object to the retrenchments, the corporate body can say we gave you an opportunity to supply alternate solutions.
Those on the short list have these options: “The minimum severance package payable to the employee is equal to one week’s salary or wage for every year of service the employee completed at the employer. The employee is first given the choice to accept a severance package and therefore to be retrenched voluntarily.” http://www.solidaritylegalservices.co.za/faqs/our-company-is-busy-with-retrenchments-what-can-i-expect-to-get-out/ 
They will return next Tuesday to hear what we suggest. Although they say they do not have anything in mind yet, you get the feeling that they already have a goal in mind. It might even be to close our company and merge the assets into the corporation.
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:burrito: =:burrito:
:idea: =:idea:
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:developer: =:developer
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No cat, dog, sleepy or sun icon yet :-|
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My first crush … Robert Urich.

Stuff on my mind …

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On my way to work in the mornings, I tune into Wackhead Simpson’s radio show. He has this segment where they ask a caller 10 questions for a chance to win R10 000 if they answer all the questions correctly.
What I find surprising is that a lot of callers fail on idioms like “chip off the old – - – - -“, “beauty is skin – - – -“, “kill two – - – - – with one stone”. Yet questions on Justin Bieber are easily answered.
FRIENDLY WARNING: A while back I posted about my concerns regarding these cars offered from R499 no deposit no residual and you end up driving an advertisement. Well as mentioned in my previous post Martie my office mate’s husband bought one of these vehicles for her.
If you are like me, in that you want to be able to wrap your hands around a person’s neck and throttle him/her when you get bad service then do not go into one of these deals.
When you have a query or a problem there is no one to contact. You call a number and they politely cut you off … over … and … over again.
They enticed people to buy vehicles no deposit no residual and for a fixed agreed period you get R1 000 refund on your monthly installment if you drive for more than 2000km a month. BUT Without warning everyone who expected to get R1 000 off find that the agreements were terminated without any prior warning.
IMPORTANT WARNING FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS: Criminals were able to get hold of some expensive machinery by stealing a credit application of a legitimate business and applying for credit with us. Naturally the account was approved and the machines were collected but when our rep went out to give the customer a courtesy call he was informed that they do not work with metal. We tried to set a trap when the criminals wanted to collect more machines but someone tipped them off.
I am still waiting for the retrenchments announcement but this is delayed while they conclude talks with the union.
To read more complaints on Drive Car Sales http://hellopeter.com/search-reports?keyword=drive+car+sales

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What I discovered when I did an online search on Gobetweenflames:
One website claimed “Gobetweenflames.wordpress.com it is ranked #10,458,153 in the world” … Really!?
Another asked “How did gobetweenflames.wordpress.com get a Trust Score of 80%?” … I am not familiar with this website so I did not venture there – I know that I post 100% safe content.

This image was linked by Buzzfeed from my blog http://answeritsa.wordpress.com/

I also found that in 2012 someone had me on their WordPress blogroll but I don’t remember this blogger at all.
I learnt that using the url to link a photo to your blog is not a very good idea because websites move or delete their content and then the image becomes unloadable after a certain period. It is advisable to save the image to your library and to give credit to the source.
The image search was wonderful and if you are going to do a search on yourself you must do this it was like going down memory lane. Quite revealing it shows personal photos, my interests and my favourites.
search google
search on bing
search yahoo
Thank you for reading this post. I dare you to do a post similar to this one on yourself and link back here sothat I can learn more about you! :)
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