Post # 1
My Darling Husband works in finance and earns a very good income. He is a very hard worker and considered an up-an-comer and never for one minute have I worried about his job security.
He sent me an email earlier and said he has “ruined his reputation”. His team was asked to do an anon survey about senior management and the rankings were very low. In an email today, Darling Husband made the point that the rankings were low last year too, and after a discussion with the team their suggestions were not implemented and that may have attributed to the low scores again this year.
I have read the emails and although Darling Husband does not have the best expression in the emails, he was respectful. Someone who recieved the email forwarded it to the manager these ranking affect and she yelled at Darling Husband and told him that he is responsible for ruining his reputation and his direct manager would be reviewing all of his work this weekend.
Darling Husband said he has a feeling he will be fired, and he is a very intuative person. I am so worried bee’s. Darling Husband and I are in a very tough financial spot at the moment and if he was out of work I don’t know what we would do. I feel so stressed and anxious I can barely breathe.
Post # 3
First of all – breathe! Nothing is eaten as hot as it is cooked… I know that you think the situation is bad, but it might not be that bad. Your SO can prepare himself for this talk and explain himself … (( hugs )) Sorry, I am so short but on the phone, will reply later in detail.
Post # 4
@dannielle89: How big is the team? If the score was low then everyone must have given management a bad review. Plus I’m pretty sure that using an anonymous survey to fire someone could be considered wrongful termination. Did the manager who yelled at your Darling Husband put it in writing (email)? If so, make sure he keeps a copy.
Post # 5
Well, assuming he’s not on a probation period at his work then he’d need 3 written warnings to be fired.
If he was respectful in his email, they’d have no reason to fire him either.
One of the great things about Australia is that you usually can’t be fired for no reason and you need 3 written warnings. Otherwise you can get unfair dismissal.
I really don’t think you’ve got anything to worry about.
Post # 6
OP do you still live in Sydney? Is he in probation? You can’t just fire someone here in Oz.
Post # 7
@dannielle89: I’m also an aussie in finance, you cannot just fire someone because of these results. He will have a good case against them if they tried. I actually suffer from foot in mouth disease and I have survived 32 years in the industry.
Post # 8
Another Aussie here to chime in with some reassurance that unless it’s gross misconduct, he’s going to need 3 warnings before he can get the sack. Good luck, though!
Post # 9
Thank you for all the suuport ladies.
He sent the email on Tuesday and it wasn’t until Friday he was spoken to. He said his manager was so angry in the meeting that she was shaking, and she actually swore. She spoke along the linesof him being ungrateful for everything she has done for him, and he said he truely believes that his job is in jeopardy.
I looked up unfair dismissal in NSW and if you earn over $123,000 a year, you aren’t eligable to make a claim?
He doesn’t think he will be fired, as he technically hasn’t done anything wrong. But he is worried they will move him to another department, and then bully him so badly that he quits. He has already dtarted looking for other jobs, but we are both so upset. His bonus gets paid in December, and it is tens of thousands of dollars that he isn’t going to get if he leaves.
I just can’t believe he is being treated this way. He works for one of the big 4 banks.. I just thought that things like this couldn’t happen.
He sent an email to both his manager and his managers manager on Friday before he left apologising:
I just wanted to apologise for the email I sent this week to you and the team. I meant no ill intent, and was just asking questions because I really do care about this team and I do enjoy working here. At the time I believed I was just encouraging discussion about a contentious issue, however I now see how what I said may be construed as a negative comment and the way that email reflects on me. I acknowledge how much you, personally, have done for me and truly believe I would not be the person I am today, or in the position I am in today, if it was not for you.
There is more, but it gives private details so I won’t post that. I pray that this blows over. He has worked so hard to build his reputation and he doesn’t deserve this.
Post # 10
I worked in Finance. There’s a lot of large egos in that industry. If he keeps his head down for a while it’ll blow over.
Post # 11
@irishphoenix: I am praying that is the case. I just want him to be able to leave on his own accord.
Although he earns a great wage we are trying to get out of debt and have no savings behind us. I earn less than $500 a week- I can’t even afford our rent!
I am so stressed.
Post # 12
@dannielle89: Just breathe. Like the other bees have said, they are unable to simple firE him. If you turn out to be correct & he gets moved to another department then deal with it when it happens. Unfortunately it is out of your control now, so try to relax Sunday night so that you are ready to combat the week ahead. And keep us updated!
Post # 13
@dannielle89: So how did this turn out?