Anyone here actually furloughed?

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  • AboutHalfaStevas 31 Mar 2020 14:43:39 2,765 posts
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    I'm not and I know I won't be.
    If you knew me... you can see my heart isn't in this any more.
  • Frogofdoom 31 Mar 2020 14:55:01 16,269 posts
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    Yeah both me and my wife are. Its fucking shit as she had an amazing job.
  • AboutHalfaStevas 31 Mar 2020 14:59:19 2,765 posts
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    I dunno how long I can actually do this. I hate working from home. I actually enjoyed going into the office.

    Hell, I fucking needed it.
  • Mola_Ram 31 Mar 2020 15:02:20 23,552 posts
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    I am officially "working from home", but honestly I don't know how long I will continue to get paid for it. Most of my job involves dealing with people face-to-face, and taking that away means that there's not a whole lot of job left. There's some, but probably not enough to get through three days a week.
  • Dougs 31 Mar 2020 15:02:23 93,664 posts
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    A mate of mine took the view that he was happy to take a pay cut of 20% and have a few weeks off!
  • Nazo 31 Mar 2020 15:04:01 1,306 posts
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    My wife is pissed off because she isn't getting furloughed while some of her staff are, on 90% pay (free holiday as she puts it).

    Personally I love working from home. Get up later every day, no commute, brilliant.
  • nickthegun 31 Mar 2020 15:05:55 81,385 posts
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    Frogofdoom wrote:
    Yeah both me and my wife are. Its fucking shit as she had an amazing job.
    'Has' surely? Thats the whole point.
  • Mola_Ram 31 Mar 2020 15:08:01 23,552 posts
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    If I don't work and don't take leave (which I don't have much of), I get 0% pay.

    One job is attempting to give me work from home, which is nice. The other one has designated me a "non-essential employee", which is both impersonal and ever-so-slightly-fucking insulting. So, they probably won't be paying me at all in a week or so.
  • AboutHalfaStevas 31 Mar 2020 15:10:58 2,765 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    A mate of mine took the view that he was happy to take a pay cut of 20% and have a few weeks off!
    If you take away all the additional costs associated with getting into and being at work, he's probably got more takehome anyway...
  • StarchildHypocrethes 31 Mar 2020 15:11:37 32,916 posts
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    My mate has just been furloughed until the end if May currently.

    I'd take 80% pay to do fuck all for a couple of months.
  • PierrePressure 31 Mar 2020 15:11:44 1,048 posts
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    Fully up and running working from home, not a problem for me aside from having to look after two kids at the same time which is stressful AF.
  • richardiox 31 Mar 2020 15:12:47 8,437 posts
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    Not yet but doing maths on a future possible pay cut and if we could absorb it. Nursery being shut means we're saving £900 a month in childcare and between myself and the Mrs maybe another £600 saved from work on costs like car parking, coffee, lunches, diesel etc

    So if and when it does come we have a small bit of flexibility, especially if we can save a buffer overall the next couple of hopefully full pay cheques.
  • robthehermit 31 Mar 2020 15:13:28 7,712 posts
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    45 out of 50 staff furloughed here. I'm still working, but they have cut my hours (and pay) by 20%.
  • AboutHalfaStevas 31 Mar 2020 15:14:41 2,765 posts
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    Where did 80% come from?
    Seems pretty generous from a Tory govt to me.

    Maybe I'm just naturally suspicious of the cunts.

    Edit: thinking on this, it's probably roughly/just under what most people's wages would work out if you removed costs associated with the workplace.

    Edited by AboutHalfaStevas at 15:17:24 31-03-2020
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 31 Mar 2020 15:15:24 8,421 posts
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    Working from home here. We furloughed a small number of staff (receptionists etc) but otherwise it seems that pretty much all of what we do can be done remotely.
  • SolidSCB 31 Mar 2020 15:15:40 12,455 posts
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    I am.

    Way I see it is I'm spending less money than ever, so the 80% will probably go a lot further than the 100% did anyway. Irrelevant this month as well as work topped me up anyway.
  • nickthegun 31 Mar 2020 15:19:58 81,385 posts
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    Iím saving about 15 quid a day not going to work and we usually eat out a couple of days at the weekend so itís all adding up. Just as well, really, as they have only just set up remote working at the place the mrs freelances at, so that a good few weeks with no bookings.

    But, yeah, being a super important key worker who can do 90% of his job remotely, I see my mates twatting about all day and think that I could do with a bit of that. I might even take some time off next week.
  • AboutHalfaStevas 31 Mar 2020 15:22:07 2,765 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    But, yeah, being a super important key worker who can do 90% of his job remotely, I see my mates twatting about all day and think that I could do with a bit of that. I might even take some time off next week.
    Yeah.
    And all we'll get in return is paying for it again with a tax hike.

    I should add, I don't mind too much... But please stop fucking spamming me with the zany ways you're "dealing with the boredom".

    Edited by AboutHalfaStevas at 15:23:33 31-03-2020
  • Dougs 31 Mar 2020 15:26:03 93,664 posts
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    I WFH 3 days a week anyway, so another 2 days is no bother. Biggest impact is with Tele/video conferencing meetings the norm, I am not getting much time away from the desk or down time. Even going to and fro meetings in the office gives a bit of headspace. Saving between £250-400 a month on travel and probably another £40 a week on random food and booze out and about, especially when in the office.

    Edited by Dougs at 15:26:40 31-03-2020
  • Derblington 31 Mar 2020 15:26:43 32,930 posts
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    Iím WFH and I dislike it too. Productivity is lower and thereís a real sense of imposter syndrome setting in, but my employer, and the parent company, are really supportive of the conditions and staff needs, which is nice.
    Iíve taken the next 2 weeks off though, to get my head in a different space for a bit and ease some of the ďguiltí of the situation. Looking forward to playing some games during the days.
  • AboutHalfaStevas 31 Mar 2020 15:29:48 2,765 posts
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    @Derblington

    I hear you, man. Also being looked after mentally by the company and boss, I'd be utterly fucked if this shit had kicked off in earlier jobs.
  • richarddavies 31 Mar 2020 15:32:56 7,606 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    Frogofdoom wrote:
    Yeah both me and my wife are. Its fucking shit as she had an amazing job.
    'Has' surely? Thats the whole point.
    "Has" cant be guaranteed by alot of companies though realistically can it? Some places might be okay with a massive downturn in income for awhile, but if this is still going in in 2-3 months? Could be a question of how many furloughed people have jobs/companies to go back to.

    (I'm currently on day 2 of furlough)
  • Frogofdoom 31 Mar 2020 15:34:01 16,269 posts
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    @nickthegun it's very unlikely, they do work for hospitality chains and had almost every project pushed to 2 years time. They are going with the furlough in the hope they can find work from other places but its not looking likely.
  • Dombat 31 Mar 2020 15:35:44 1,743 posts
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    My job is relatively secure (as far as the current climate goes) but I hate WFH. Office chat is important to me and I'm not at all productive WFH either. I have a backlog of work to do but customers seem to be a bit more understanding at the moment given the circumstances.

    I mostly worry about my mental wellbeing, but as long as I keep up with video calls to coworkers and other mates I should be ok as they help me a great deal.
  • Frogofdoom 31 Mar 2020 15:36:41 16,269 posts
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    @richarddavies did yours not get backdated to march 1st as that that the beginning date for the 3 months.
  • JYM60 31 Mar 2020 15:37:19 18,406 posts
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    Working from home here, but barely. Started a new job the actual first week of closure. Been getting minimal training over the phone, but as I am on my personal laptop only able to do a couple of things.

    Saving a lot of money on not buying breakfast every morning, and especially on not going out for dinners at weekend and drinks after work!
  • richarddavies 31 Mar 2020 15:39:05 7,606 posts
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    Frogofdoom wrote:
    @richarddavies did yours not get backdated to march 1st as that that the beginning date for the 3 months.
    Just took a look at the letter I received about it and looks like I didn't. Says I'm furloughed from the 30th March.
  • AboutHalfaStevas 31 Mar 2020 15:40:42 2,765 posts
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    You really get it highlighted how much you were spending at work. I was like, 15 quid a day just on lunch and coffees...
    If money is worth a shit after all this I'll be loaded.
  • HarryPalmer 31 Mar 2020 15:44:40 6,099 posts
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    Working from home but it's hard as a lot of the work has dried up and it feels weird. We have a meeting tomorrow entitled: Job Retention Scheme.
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 31 Mar 2020 15:49:37 8,421 posts
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    Yeah, I've been saving a fair chunk by not being at work. A bit annoyed I renewed my monthly season ticket at the start of the month, when even then lockdown was looking inevitable, but I'll pocket that as well from next month.

    Still on full pay for the moment, with enough work for another couple of months (maybe 3 at a stretch). After that, we'll see.
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