General Discussion: The life advice thread. Never do, say, eat or drink anything without asking how to do it in here first!


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Rez
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8703 posts since 5/4/09

30 Apr 2021 08:57
Dropping people down to a four day week is a much much better alternative to a paycut imo.

Psychologically after a whole year it just becomes your new salary, and you feel like you have to prove and justify getting a payrise to…where you were on your old salary.

Especially as my old place started promoting some people during this whole process, (not to mention drawing some out on a long furlough rather than redundancy) very toxic. Laughing out loud
RickRude
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3904 posts since 13/1/12

30 Apr 2021 09:57
Control freak bosses hate this pandemic and wfh.
Sneakysbest
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2034 posts since 28/1/12

30 Apr 2021 10:17

Previous client had large portion of delivery out of the US (west coast) which in the before times would have meant a lot of travel. But now it means calls In the diary beyond 7/8pm and was an absolute nightmare. Current client we are doing most of the delivery out of India, so calls pre 7am…

If this is the way it’s going to continue with wfh and no business travel being the norm, will change careers. Love the Wfh perks, just not sure it works for my industry/my well being long term
kid unknown
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5468 posts since 8/12/01

30 Apr 2021 10:18
PM David Solomon.
RickRude
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3904 posts since 13/1/12

30 Apr 2021 11:04
anyone else had to sign a new contract and terms and conditions for flexible working Laughing out loud

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1. INTRODUCTION
1.1 This policy will apply once government restrictions around working from the office have
been lifted.
1.2 Once in place, we will monitor the success of the informal flexible working arrangements and
will conduct a Companywide review in December 2021, where we will assess if the informal
flexible working policy has been successful for our business overall.
1.3 We reserve the right to amend or remove this informal flexible working policy in its entirety,
either at this review point, or at any other time. We will give employees a minimum of one
month’s notice in these circumstances (although individual arrangements agreed under this
policy may be revoked at short notice e.g., if there are concerns in relation to performance
or conduct).
shego
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1596 posts since 11/12/07

30 Apr 2021 11:08
Rez wrote: I will say my mood is a lot flatter WFH, I miss going out, travelling, going to new places, going to events, even dressing up in more than sweats and a tee etc.

I've also done a couple of shoots remotely and it is absolutely rubbish.

what agency are you now at Rez?

in a small 1 bed flat with my missus, absolutely hated being at home all day - she takes the dining table, I sit on the sofa. I think I'm more productive in a way, but equally there's literally no personal/job divide. Office is now open with 2-3d booking system/reduced desks; so good to just be with other people, be able to chat nonsense while working. Think the agency want people in 3d/week eventually, but equally, we've grown so much there's now not enough space anyway… feel so sorry for the young new joiners, we've had a fair few join/leave within the lockdown times and most of that is just shite onboarding, lack of support etc.

Like many, it kind of forced us into looking for a bigger place which is cool - we would've done it anyway but prompted us to hurry up.
Rez
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8703 posts since 5/4/09

30 Apr 2021 12:27
Sure this has been answered before and sorry to detail the WFH chat, but has anyone revived a wallet after it going through a wash? Evil
Rez
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8703 posts since 5/4/09

30 Apr 2021 12:29
RickRude wrote: anyone else had to sign a new contract and terms and conditions for flexible working Laughing out loud

2
1. INTRODUCTION
1.1 This policy will apply once government restrictions around working from the office have
been lifted.
1.2 Once in place, we will monitor the success of the informal flexible working arrangements and
will conduct a Companywide review in December 2021, where we will assess if the informal
flexible working policy has been successful for our business overall.
1.3 We reserve the right to amend or remove this informal flexible working policy in its entirety,
either at this review point, or at any other time. We will give employees a minimum of one
month’s notice in these circumstances (although individual arrangements agreed under this
policy may be revoked at short notice e.g., if there are concerns in relation to performance
or conduct).

No but I was presented with a form upon returning from furlough saying that if the company couldn't secure the money from HMRC then the money given to me would come out of my future salary Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

Refused of course, silly season for HR divs
gawkrodger
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7641 posts since 4/11/08

30 Apr 2021 15:07
Rez wrote: No but I was presented with a form upon returning from furlough saying that if the company couldn't secure the money from HMRC then the money given to me would come out of my future salary Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

Refused of course, silly season for HR divs

As union rep I've been sending a fair few emails essentially saying 'lol, no' only for whatever ridiculous policy was suggested to quietly be shelved
Rirawin
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9543 posts since 17/7/05

30 Apr 2021 15:34
Speaks volumes of an employer trying to pull shit like that in regards to Rickrude's and Rez's experience.
Rez
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8703 posts since 5/4/09

posted 30 Apr 2021 16:02, edited 30 Apr 2021 16:02
I would also like to point out that the HR person who gave me this form said that the repayment clause was fine because they signed it when they came back from furlough.

Folks they're not sending their brightest.
RickRude
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3904 posts since 13/1/12

13 May 2021 08:08
Wife wants to get a security doorbell thingy. What's the best one? Google Nest, Ring or Eufy?

Neighbour has a wired one (Ring 3) and reckons its good. I'm Looking at the Ring 2 pro
rotring
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72 posts since 13/9/11

13 May 2021 08:31
Ive got a battery powered Ring doorbell and a Ring alarm and a couple of internal cameras to watch the dog.

It works well as it's all on the same app.

I got the battery powered one as there's no power from an existing doorbell. The battery lasts about a month.

You need to get the Chime if you want to hear the bell. I've got mine hooked up to Alexa so use that.
JustinCredible
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2694 posts since 11/6/08

13 May 2021 08:47
Another shout for Ring doorbell, cheap and easy to install & image quality is excellent
R
R avatar

13296 posts since 17/5/03

posted 13 May 2021 09:46, edited 13 May 2021 09:46
Ring for sure. I've got a hard wired doorbell and 3 battery powered cameras. I've got an alarm with a lot of sensors (motion & contact) and to have it all on one app is great. I found the initial bundle was cheapest from costco and then when you sign up for Ring Plus (recorded video clips and alarm notifications to specified contacts) you get 10% off from Ring direct, so bought all the additional sensors from there.

Also got a wall mounted echo show which gives you the equivalent of a traditional intercom screen.
ismvil
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1870 posts since 16/9/11

posted 13 May 2021 09:58, edited 13 May 2021 09:58
If you’re looking for something that’s not subscription based nor embroiled in racial profiling shenanigans I’d recommend the Netamto smart doorbell, great HomeKit integration and no ongoing charges.

Eufy is also pretty good, but I found the streaming to not be as reliable as the competition.
SJ
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625 posts since 27/11/11

13 May 2021 11:24
I've had Ring and currently got Nest. The Nest is levels above the Ring.
RickRude
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3904 posts since 13/1/12

13 May 2021 11:47
SJ wrote: I've had Ring and currently got Nest. The Nest is levels above the Ring.

What makes it better mate - I'm leaning to the Nest as it looks better and already have Google Home etc.
squalor
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2 posts since 25/11/11

25 Jun 2021 18:14
My work has just withdrawn it’s work phone policy for all but the top brass. Long story short, this is the 1st time in 10 years that I’ll need my own phone. Has anyone spotted or can recommend any deals/packages? I’m fairly conservative Re: data usage (odd browse, Goggle Maps, Spotify, WhatsApp)…will hardly be caning-it with downloads or streaming. Also, I’m not particular with model or brand either tbh.
Blofeld
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263 posts since 30/12/15

25 Jun 2021 23:42
eBay for a handset and wherever for a SIM.

SIM only contracts are dirt cheap now for decent data and unlimited everything else.