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11 hours ago, SuperBacon said:

Anybody have any experience of setting up their own small business and can give guidance on funding applications, admin, other bits and bobs etc.

 

I’ve ran businesses for a few years and operate Your Fight Site as a limited company. I’ve never applied for funding though, so can’t help with that I’m afraid!

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2 hours ago, gmoney said:

I've been filling in in a managerial role for the past year, and I've had to make the decision to step back into my old position. I've realised that I absolutely hate the negative side of people managing. Giving people bad news, having to bollock people or point out mistakes is just the worst. I'm sure no one loves it, but I was hoping it got easier and it never did. I've developed a eye twitch and lost countless hours of sleep, so it was a huge relief to let my manager know. 

Cannot tell you how much I hate being a manager. I genuinely detest it, but am sucking it up for now to achieve something out of it (the money basically).

One of the reasons I got out of recruitment/sales is (as well as not wanting to work with utter cunts) that management was the be all and end all of the 'ladder' and if you said you didnt want to be a manager, you were seen as having no ambition. Utterly ridiculous. 

I am sure some people love it, there are numerous cretins I've worked with that thrive on it to show me this to be true, but nah not for me. Good on you for acknowledging it and addressing it.

@Your Fight Site @Dead Mike I'll PM you, cheers.

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30 minutes ago, SuperBacon said:

Cannot tell you how much I hate being a manager. I genuinely detest it, but am sucking it up for now to achieve something out of it (the money basically).

One of the reasons I got out of recruitment/sales is (as well as not wanting to work with utter cunts) that management was the be all and end all of the 'ladder' and if you said you didnt want to be a manager, you were seen as having no ambition. Utterly ridiculous. 

I love my old role, and I was good at it, so I can't describe how nice it feels to be going back to it. One of the most frustrating things was moving into a position where I had no instincts for it and absolutely everything was a struggle. I'm also lucky that the management team in my department are by and large really great and supportive (I probably wouldn't have lasted this long if they weren't).

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22 minutes ago, gmoney said:

I love my old role, and I was good at it, so I can't describe how nice it feels to be going back to it. One of the most frustrating things was moving into a position where I had no instincts for it and absolutely everything was a struggle. I'm also lucky that the management team in my department are by and large really great and supportive (I probably wouldn't have lasted this long if they weren't).

Yeah, there are some gooduns about. I want to clarify that I meant "there are some people that love giving out shit to people". Theres nothing wrong with    enjoying being a manager.

My ex is a manager at the same store and is a fantastic one. She loves it, loves helping and motivating people and seeing them progress and thats what a manager should be like ("Hope she sees this king")

I dont like telling people what to do, unless it's on a football pitch, so I really struggle with that side of things, and confrontation when it comes to discipline etc. Its definitely not for everyone. 

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52 minutes ago, SuperBacon said:

Yeah, there are some gooduns about. I want to clarify that I meant "there are some people that love giving out shit to people".

 

Very much like the "see how someone treats a waiter on a date" test.  If someone loves treating people like shit just because they can they're a knob.

The best part of the job by far is spotting talent and bringing people on. 

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Good employers create career pathways for employees who don't want to go down the management route - focussed on creating subject matter experts. If the only route to promotion is line management, there will be loads of very talented people who either get frustrated and leave, stagnate or take management roles because it's their only option and a role they are not cut out for. 

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Have any of you lovely people done a newco to charity? I'm looking for some advice as though I get what needs to be done, I am not sure how to go about it. The newco has yet to be set up, but will be shortly and then needs a fairly rapid conversion to a charity when operational.  Many Thanks in Advance

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This whole covid nightmare has made an interesting career path for me.

As a manager of a theatre I was put on furlough for most of 2020. In September I moved over to a leisure centre contact centre. Back on furlough in November. 

December I was seconded to the local council to work in a covid test centre. Today I got confirmation that I have been promoted within that secondment so I am a manager within the teams. A sudden jump in wages of over 600pcm after tax! While I love the money, I hate its because of this shite that caused such misery. But at least while it continues I know I can help society and pay my bills. 

 

Plus afterwards I might be able to turn it I to another job within the council. 

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9 minutes ago, ReturnOfTheMack said:

This whole covid nightmare has made an interesting career path for me.

As a manager of a theatre I was put on furlough for most of 2020. In September I moved over to a leisure centre contact centre. Back on furlough in November. 

December I was seconded to the local council to work in a covid test centre. Today I got confirmation that I have been promoted within that secondment so I am a manager within the teams. A sudden jump in wages of over 600pcm after tax! While I love the money, I hate its because of this shite that caused such misery. But at least while it continues I know I can help society and pay my bills. 

 

Plus afterwards I might be able to turn it I to another job within the council. 

I quite enjoyed my time working for the council. I ran my own department, was responsible for my own budget, and to be honest encountered zero of the "red tape" culture, although I'm sure it exists. 

Only issue I had, because it was very much a value added resource, I had to justify the budget, and therefore my job, every 6 months which was a bit of a pain but always passed.

Like you say, bit of security whilst things get back to "normal". Best of luck!

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Work finally sprung for a laptop for me, so 10 months after everyone else I finally get to work from home. Well for the 2 days a week when I don't have to go to court. Today I woke up at 11 and answered a few emails, then went and got a coffee and a massive sausage roll and sat in the park for 2 hours delighted with meself!

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I work in IT.

I've always had a hard work ethic, in previous jobs I would always go over and above and work any overtime that needed to be done. I've travelled for work at short notice and cancelled personal appointments in lieu of work.

I moved cities, and am in my current job for 3 years now. It was supposed to be a 1 year role which suited me fine but I got extended.

My first year was slightly busy(not as busy as previous jobs), my second year was less busy and as of right now I feel like I am stealing a living as opposed to earning one.

I am doing fuck all, working from home and I'm honestly doing about 1 days work stretched over 5 days. I'm working from home and would be busier if the office was open.

My manager is kinda new(4 months) and seems happy with myself. I've said quite a few times that I am ready for anything that he needs me to work on and he seems to think that my workload currently is perfectly fine. I've a cushy well paid number at the moment, I only work 35 hours a week also.

Honestly, I feel like I'm getting lazy. I'm slacking off during the day, doing a half arsed job of my already light workload. I feel like long term its not good to be working like this but at the same time, I don't even want to think about changing jobs right at the moment.

Every few days I catch myself and try to motivate myself , worse still is my Mrs is completely up the walls and I'm dossing around the house.

I'm starting to feel guilty and know that ultimately this isn't good for me long term although part of me says that I bust my balls in other jobs and should take it easy now but it doesn't really work like that.

I've signed up for a few online courses to try and do to keep me busy.

 

Anybody else feel like they are stealing a living at the moment ?

I'm feeling guilty about it and also feeling guilty that its such a non-problem to be whinging about in a pandemic.

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10 minutes ago, RancidPunx said:

Anybody else feel like they are stealing a living at the moment ?

I'm feeling guilty about it and also feeling guilty that its such a non-problem to be whinging about in a pandemic.

I understand your feeling, it's really easy to be like that. It's my opinion if you are completing all your tasks to a good standard, making yourself available to your line manager and documenting that, you can do no more unless you really want to go above and beyond and look for problems to solve. It does show a good work ethic to keep looking at online courses so give yourself credit for that. It's not true of all IT roles but some can be manage and forget, waiting for the next thing to blow up (at which point you wonder where all your spare time has gone).

Go easy on yourself. Part of this is the world adapting to the fact that (in my experience) a lot of your office-based life is taken up with pointless meetings. Now you have some gaps... many businesses are still trying to understand how to manage a fully remote workforce from a traditional office.

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