Monday, 6 February 2017

There's bad news and there's..um, bad news

I found out today that my job will still be there after the final culling process - but I will have to accept a £6,000 decrease in pay if I stay. Twenty eight other's in my department didn't even get that opportunity. The final tally for job losses is 334...far more than the initial, estimated 130.

I'm going to take some time to evaluate my options.

My job centre said there is no such job as a 'miniature scene setter', 'miniature duster/cleaner' or 'miniature collection security guard'. Damn, I would be perfect for any one of those. Bank robbery looked promising until I realised I would have to wear a balaclava - those things are a nightmare for static hair and apparently you can't just own a zoo because you really, reeeeaaaally love animals.
Hm, I may have to expand my search to include actual work 😒

I'm still happy and grateful.
I know there are too many people these days in far worse situations.
I'll be back soon, when normal mini making services will resume

Pepper x



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  1. Espero que encuentres pronto un buen empleo. Mucha suerte

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    1. Gracias Eloisa. Tus deseos de buena suerte significan mucho para mí :0)

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  2. LOOL, I see that this situation makes you incredibly creative!!!
    Ok, the the mini scene cannot generate income. But with your level of perfection in protoype building: how about printing your own money?? Hihi...

    Keep up the humour and I am glad that you are not one of these 334.
    Whether you actually WANT to stay with all the trust lost in the employer and management is a different story...

    Big hug

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    1. Printing money? haha, I didn't think of that :D Thanks Marion

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  3. De momento enhorabuena por conservar el trabajo aunque ¡yo también vería alguna posibilidad como la que indicas....!

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    1. Gracias Isabel. Estoy muy agradecido de que todavía tengo un trabajo si lo quiero :0)

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  4. Sometimes employers really know how to kick the year off right :( I too keep my eye open for work as a miniature scene setter. Nothing here in Canada either. If they only knew how a good mini scene increases workplace productivity.....

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    1. Exactly Kat. I think now, more than ever the rest of the workforce need some mini goodness to keep morale up :0)

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  5. Dear Carol,
    I can imagine how you feel I was fired in the past / It was a devestating experience.It took me years to get over that. Otherwise I am sort of speechless. Lean back on all the good you have its worth much more than this drawback. It might be a positive development in the long run. In my case , the time I spent at home enabled me to take care of my father during his last days....

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    1. Aw Neomig, I'm so sorry to hear that. I'm glad that you could turn such a horrible experience around and have some time with you Father. *HUG* x

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  6. If I had like a Kabillion dollars I would hire you for all of those mini jobs!

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    1. Haha, a kabillion dollars sounds like a lot! I'm available for hire for just a bazillion :0D

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  7. Hang in there. I'm thinking good thoughts and wishing you the best. Big hugs from across the pond.

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    1. Thanks Keli, I really appreciate all of the positive thinking coming my way :0)

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  8. Gosh, It is nice to be valued/appreciated but that is one heck of a cut in pay. Which among other obvious things, means a cut to splurge miniature spending (I'm just guessing here). I am sure you will have to have a good think about it all. BIG HUGE HUG!!!

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    1. It's sad to think of miniature spending money when there are more serious priorities for my wages, but it will effect my hobby. Thank you for the hug, I needed that :0)

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  9. Sending you all the hugs right now! Such a tough spot to be in and a lot to think about... so much more then you were expecting. It's good to hear you've got your chin up and looking forward. We're all here rooting for you : )

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    1. Thank you Kristine. I'm always positive no matter what - I just need to get creative :0)

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  10. Now if they had cut hours instead of cutting pay it would not be quite so grim of a situation as you could have used those hours to make things for generating income. But at the moment in the country people are not spending much due to a major depression and worry with our recent political changes. I am certainly seeing a direct and major impact of sales figures in January compared to the month of January of the last 5 years.

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    1. I agree Karin. It seems as if nobody has managed to avoid a serious dip in jobs/wages/spending. Working part time would have been a perfect option but alas, not in my current job. Some serious thinking to do :0)

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  11. I am so sorry to hear that. Sending you lots of hugs! I could personally really use a miniature duster, so I second grandmommy, I'd totally hire you if I had a kabilltion dollars. You should also include miniature wish granter as it seems as if you could make anything!

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    1. Thank you Penelope :0) Miniature wish granter sounds like a dream job! :0D

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  12. Oh Ouch! I hate it when the "good news" is not really that good.... yes, you have a job... sort of.... if you don't count how much it makes you feel abused to have that kind of cut in pay! Not an easy position, not an easy decision to have to make. :( Perhaps there is an opening as a "Creative Mini Gadget Prototype Designer/ Engineer"? You'd be a shoe-in!
    I hope you can take a little time to figure out what you need to do.... and maybe some really great ideas/ job opportunities will come along too! (Well, we can hope!) :)

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    1. Thank you Betsy. I think many here feel that because the wages have been cut, the company are saying everyone is worth less and that really hurts when you've been working so hard for years. I'm sure this will encourage my creative thinking side :0D

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  13. Hi Pepper . . . actually, there is such a job as "miniature scene setter," since that's a part of what I do at HBS/miniatures.com. The catch is that it is only part time, and I couldn't afford to do it without a small pension from a previous job as as well as a supportive husband and no dependents. Change is always wrenching, especially change without choice, but it is often the first step to a better something. You are part of a caring, supportive community that will always be available to you -- perhaps not through actual contact, but certainly through boundless volumes of good will and positive energy. You have affected and inspired more of us than you will ever know, and our best wishes are with you as you find your way forward.

    Fran Casselman

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    1. Aw thank you so much Fran. I'm an optimistic person anyway but the thought that I'm in such a lovely community, who are sending heaps of love and support just makes me smile even more. :0)x

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  14. So sorry Pepper. I hope the ideal solution comes up for you.

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    1. Thank you Megan and I'm sure it will. Things like this are often the start of better things :0)

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  15. You crack me up even in the face of adversity. Sorry this is happening and good luck with everything---

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    1. Well Linda, you gotta laugh. Worrying is just a wasted emotion that gives you wrinkles :0D

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  16. Sorry for all that happened, Pepper. I hope you can take a little time to figure out what you need to do. Sending you all the warm hugs I have,
    Ilona

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    1. Thank you IIona, all of these hugs are greatfully recieved :0)x

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  17. Some times living in the present moment sucks, but it is the only way to get to the future. I hope that you will be able to look back on this time as an important turning point to a better future and I'm hoping that it happens soon. You are important to me, I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your mini work. I'm sending you lots of warm wishes, big hugs and hope.

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    1. Thank you so much Shelley, it means a great deal to me that I have such positive energy from everyone to help me through this. I totally agree and I'm certain this turning point will lead to better things :0)

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  18. Hello Pepper,
    I am sorry you are going through such an uncertain time. I do hope everything will fall into place...and to your advantage.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Thank you Giac for your good wishes :0)

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  19. Wouldn't it be great if you could get paid a salary for your miniature work? The quality of your work is definitely worth it. Glad to hear you are still employed, so sad about the others who weren't so lucky. At least you still have a good sense of humor about it all. Hoping and wishing all the best for you!!!

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    1. That is the worst - people who are leaving are distraught and I'm plastering a smile on my face and telling them that everything will be okay. Their situation is far more urgent so all I can do is help them with job searches and letter writing. Thank you for the good wishes :0)x

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  20. you should add a few ad banners to your blog (I know someone who will be clicking several times a day...)

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    1. Aw thank you. I really appreciate the support :0)

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  21. I am very sorry you have to face this situation. At least you kept your sense of humor. I can suggest to give a miniature creating class once a week to adults or children. It can be a rewarding and make the difference in payment. Some of my local co miniaturists do it. They have plenty of eager students.
    Warm hugs, Drora

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    1. Drora, that is a wonderful idea and something I have been thinking about since you mentioned it on your blog. There is a community centre in my town and I think they would love to have a creative class there. Thank you! :0)

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  22. Eek! That is troublesome news. Sending you good thoughts and hugs! :]

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  23. I'm so sorry you are in this position. I was in a similar one for the past 2 years. My company was bought and for almost 2 years while it was being worked out with the FCC, etc., we were all in limbo. It worked out for me, I was able to find a job within the new company, but we all lost sleep and were stressed out for a long time not knowing our future. I will send you good vibes and keep you in my thoughts.

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    1. That sounds terrible. I can't begin to imagine how that stress hanging over you for so long affected your home life/family etc. I'm so glad to hear you've come out of the other side and doing well. Sending you good wishes that it continues :0)

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  24. Very bad! I'm so sorry for you.

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  25. Thinking of you and hoping for the best. I want to think that such a kind and giving person such as yourself will, in the long run, come out ahead of the mess, and, that good will be rewarded with good.

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    1. Thank you Suzy, I really appreciate the lovely comments and good wishes :0)x

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  26. Oh Mitchy… what Fran said :)

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  27. Hi Pepper, I'm really sorry that you have to face such a dilemma, I'm sure you'll make the best out of it. Sending you luck, love and patience from Amsterdam! Hugs, Susi

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    1. Thank you Susi, I think all of these good wishes will keep me going for years :0)

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  28. There is nothing worse in life than uncertainty. It is so hard sometimes to know which path to choose. The good news here is that you do still have your position, despite the awful loss in income, and this gives you time and a cushion while you decide what you want to do. Here is one suggestion that may work for a miniaturist: find a sizeable architecture firm that builds homes and condos. When they open a new building, they often make a half inch scale model of the condo or house model, including furnishings and accessories, to show prospective buyers. Your skills will knock their eyes out!!

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    1. Thank you Kathy. I am extremely grateful that I have the breathing space to make a decision and I love all of the suggestions from everyone. I think sometimes you get too comfortable with work and you need something like this to jolt you into action. Thank you :0)

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  29. So sorry to hear that Pepper. Didn't this company do the same thing last year? It sounds familiar to me. If so, it definitely sounds like you need to start looking around before it gets even worse. It's such a stressful thing to go through. My thoughts are with you. - Marilyn D.

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    1. Hi Marilyn. The review has been going on since last August but we have had job losses before this and it does look like it will continue into the future. Thank you, I really appreciate the kind thoughts :0)

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  30. Hi Pepper!

    I had the same thing happen to me over the last few years of my job. It feels Really BAD for the moment and then you focus on how to learn to make adjustments. I will keep you in my prayers as to finding the right solution for your situation, but don't act rashly whatever you decide to do!

    not that you would, but the "mother" in me just had to say it anyway ;P

    elizabeth

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. Could I adopt you as a second Mum because I would love to have you in my life :0)

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  31. Ouch! Oh man that hurts. I'm so sorry. And job hunting can be so demoralizing. I hope that new opportunities open up for you and you find something truly fulfilling (or at least monetarily rewarding).

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    1. Thank you Sheila. I'd be happy with something that makes me want to get up in the morning long before considering pay. Everything will turn out better, I'm sure :0)

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  32. Oh Pepper, that's such a big pile of pants. I'm thinking of you and sending my best wishes.
    Alice x

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    1. I couldn't have put it better myself Alice :0) I need a 'this is a big pile of pants' t'shirt :0D

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  33. I love that you are so positive. Sometimes all you can do is laugh because you don't know what else to do. The good news is that you're not one of the 334. Obviously you are an asset even though there is a huge pay cut. Maybe you can make some minis and sell them for extra cash?

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    1. Thanks Cyd, I always look at the positive and head in that direction otherwise it's so easy to give up. Maybe my full time mini career will be ealier than I anticipated :0)

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  34. I second what Cyd says about selling. I wasn't into minis when you last had stuff in your Etsy shop!

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    1. Thank you Alice, I'm certainly considering it :0)

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  35. Hi Pepper,
    That's indeed mixed news. I am glad you still have a job and that you have options. That's more than some.
    I have become a ferm believer in a universal basic income but that's a dream for a better future.
    In the meantime keep your spirits high and your sense of humour sharp and trust that the perfect solution will find you.
    Hugs,
    Véronique

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    1. Thank you Véronique. Yes, things could be a lot worse :0)

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  36. Arghhh, that's such a horrible situation to be in, especially with such a drastic pay cut! :/
    Fingers crossed things will work out!

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