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    • Jellytott
    • By Jellytott 19th May 17, 9:24 AM
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    Susoended from work
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    • 19th May 17, 9:24 AM
    Susoended from work 19th May 17 at 9:24 AM
    I have just been suspended for a post on Facebook, There is no contract only a verbal agreement through an agency to start with.
    There has been no information regarding grievence a staff handbook or anything at all except start this day , wages are and hours are I did not even know what holiday they gave.
    I have a Facebook which is entirely private or friends only.
    Also it does not have work on it or any work colleagues.
    It is also in a different name which they do not know.
    One of my friends (no longer a friend ) sent my boss my rant Friday which others posted things , it does not mention any names or who they are and no one knows where i work , except one so called friend who i find out since was the major backstabber in another company where i worked with her.
    When i got into work weds i was pulled into a meeting involving half the staff and asked if i had posted something.
    I admitted i had a conversation with a few friends none of which was public and that the paper he was waving about i could not comment on as some may have been amended and he would not know if they had as it had been made public by someone else by sending it to someone else to then send to my boss.
    I was told to get out.
    I have not seen this paperwork but are suspended on pay while they investigate.
    They have not given me a copy or shown me it.
    It is not on the internet and now and i have also culled my friends list of which only two were in our local town and this was never to view by anyone else but friends.
    Some of the friends comments were pretty harsh but they were joking about.
    What can i do while suspended, i have no sight of the paper sent to him , i cannot investigate whether this was doctored , I have from Wednesday off next week for a holiday can i carry on with my life during the booked holiday time?
    There was nothing said about how long or anything i am not allowed to contact employees there's only a few work there.
    This means that half there including me in the office and the fact hes mentioned it to others there has in effect made it impossible to return to work.
    I am not allowed to contact other people in the office who are of a different company
    I am not allowed to talk to any of our clients.
    There was no indication how long this would be.
    There was indicated that the company would suffer their reputation (but i did not make it public and it is no different to backlashing about work with people outside work) , there is no policy or written information and possibly the time they are spending now is making this to cover themselves.
    Can i go out and carry on with life while i am off.
    They asked for my address so they could send me the hearing date.
    I would not come back while i was on booked leave , will that be an issue
    I did apologise that they have seen something private and said although i am sorry you had seen this i am unable to explain anything until i see the document.
    I can private message more details of what i said but it was private until another made that a whole different scenario!
    I have not quite been there 2 years so i understand job hunting might be in order as i have no real rights before the 2 years
    Last edited by Jellytott; 19-05-2017 at 9:28 AM. Reason: the title should say suspended!
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    • Guest101
    • By Guest101 19th May 17, 12:17 PM
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    That meant unfairness to the point a staff member was going to leave , they came back to nothing , so to fix that they gave them everything back , which in turn meant i had nothing , not even an email to use.... or a computer with the email i was using on.. so to fix one thing they broke another and that was okay in their mind...
    Originally posted by Jellytott

    That is ok. You don't get a say in it.
    • sangie595
    • By sangie595 19th May 17, 1:54 PM
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    A more constructive response would have been explaining to the boss that you cannot do your work without computer access, asking when you would be getting a new one and what you should do in the meantime.

    Not telling your FB "friends".

    If it does look like dismissal is on the cards then you should try to negotiate a neutral reference.
    Originally posted by IAmWales
    This is what you should have done. It didn't need a rant - on Facebook or face to face! For whatever reason there weren't enough resources for everyone. It's a minor inconvenience, not a drama. And in the great scheme of things, not "unfairness". You explain to your manager calmly what the issue is, what the consequences are, and ask what they want from you. If your are going to "go off on one" - whether you thought it in private or not- then at least save it for something that is worth being angry about. Not having computer access is not worth losing your job over.

    I suggest a very contrite apology, and explain that you didn't mean it but you were under a lot of stress because your parrot died (or whatever your excuse is that had nothing to do with work) and things just escalated and you took it all out on this one simple thing. You realise that you've been an idiot and hope to get a chance to put things right.
    • greenorange
    • By greenorange 19th May 17, 8:22 PM
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    In my first job after university, I posted something on social media along the lines of being bored, while at work. Someone reported it, and my manager pulled me in. Thankfully I was given an informal telling off, and that was all, but I learnt my lesson, one which I'll take through my career going forward.

    Ironically, I left the company, then returned in a higher position, hired by that manager. For me, it worked out, but I realise how under different management it could have been a lot worse.

    I hope it works out for you, and you take the lesson throughout your career, like I have.
    • goatfertility
    • By goatfertility 19th May 17, 9:26 PM
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    To be honest, see it this way. You were working in a crappy work place, so much so that you took a chance, the thing boomeranged in your face.

    You're out of a job, you'll find yourself a better one and in time you'll think back about how you actually did yourself a favour without realising it.
    Last edited by goatfertility; 19-05-2017 at 9:28 PM.
    • GarthThomas
    • By GarthThomas 19th May 17, 10:10 PM
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    It's very similar to the time building services removed my screens by mistake when I needed them to price up a deal.

    Just like you, I found out who I needed to speak to, asked that they sort me out some new ones as soon as possible, and then arranged to use a workstation of a colleague one fooor down who was on holiday.

    For some reason I wasn't pulled in for a disciplinary, I was just left to get on with my work for a couple of hours until they called to let me know it was all sorted.
    • HardCoreProgrammer
    • By HardCoreProgrammer 20th May 17, 12:46 PM
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    OP I do. not get this at all. if you are using a pseudonym in Facebook, and what you uploaded does not identify you (e.g. names, company name, location, photographs, etc.), why do you have to admit to doing it?

    FWIW it could be done by somebody else.

    But seriously, delete your Facebook account and use WhatsApp instead.
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 20th May 17, 3:56 PM
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    Someone at my work did the same and was fired. I don't believe social media can ever be private. Once something is in the hands of other people anything can happen.
    I think all you can do is apologise and abide by the request not to contact anyone etc. I would suggest job hunting just in case. Its impossible to know the outcome. Some companies are more lenient than others. Most bof us have messed up at one time or other. You will bounce back.
    Originally posted by Fireflyaway
    I read something a few years ago long before Facebook was invented.

    "don't ever put in writing something you wouldn't want to be heard in court".

    Even more valid today.
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