Re: Looks like I'll be freelancing again

Subject: Re: Looks like I'll be freelancing again
From: Thomas Neuburger <thomasn -at- twelfthnight -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 09:54:39 -0700

Hello Kat,

Sorry to hear it, but this could be decent news for you. It sounds like they want you back, but as a contractor. Depending on their terms (which you may be able to nudge by patient negotiating), you could end up in good shape, or better.

The risk for them in this change of direction, is in saying goodbye to all of the people who know how to do your job. From the company perspective, they *have* to retain enough trained people to keep the department running, or they start from scratch.

I've seen a lot of this lately, both ways (conversions to and from contractors). It's as tricky for the company as for the employees. If they had meant to say goodbye, they would have said it.

So good luck; feel free to write offline as this evolves. (And I love these quotes of yours!)

Tom Neuburger

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Katherine Noftz Nagel wrote:

Got called into NewBoss's office this afternoon. RTE "has re-evaluated the way it handles documentation, in the light of the current economic situation, and has decided that it would be in the company's best interest to continue our relationship on a freelance basis".

In two weeks I get my last paycheck as a full-time employee. No firm commitment to how many freelance projects they plan on, of course, or to a specific pay rate. <sigh> It isn't clear whether I'll be eligible for unemployment benefits, either, since I haven't actually been laid off, just 'reclassified as an external resource' (whatever that means).

That was at 5:30 PM. When I got home at 7:00 and looked at the mail, I found the estimate for car repairs from my close encounter with the deer---$5200+change. Thank <insert Deityname> for a good insurance company with a reasonable adjustor and a dynamite local agent.
Kat Nagel
"If the business notion of best practices had been applied from the
dawn of human civilization, human beings never would have achieved
civilization." Christopher Locke, EGR newsletter 15May2001


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