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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Temporary Employment

I'm currently on a temporary assignment. The company's name is unimportant and actually if they do a name search they may be surprised to find out about this blog, among other things. But since it's a temporary job, I have to be honest, if they go through that much trouble to do a search on the internet, they need to find it.

Now of course if I didn't need the money, I wouldn't be working at this particular place. Why do regular employees look at "temporary" employees different? Do they think their job is in jeopardy and you'll be their replacement? They don't have to worry about that with this particular job. I tried to make suggestions that would improve their productivity, but it fell on deaf ears. So I've resigned myself that they are not paying me enough to stress over anything and they will get exactly what they pay for. I will do my job and allow them to live in constant confusion.

They assume because I'm "just a temp" that apparently I have no experience. They don't realize that they're sitting on a gold mine. Personally, I wouldn't pass up picking my brain and utilizing my skills to make their jobs easier. But maybe if I did bring some order around there, they would be without jobs.


They are not paying for my expert skills anyway, so I shouldn't concern myself with it. I just hate to see people doing things backwards. If I see something that will benefit everyone, then I will do my part. But, you can't help some folks.

I've worked in corporate America for over ten years, but after being downsized after being at a company for 8 years, my attitude about the workforce changed. Since 2001, I've been a contractor. Whether it be for coordination work (what I'm currently doing) or using some of my many other office management or technical skills, I noticed the attitude of "permanent" employees. I hate to tell them that just because it looks like their job is secure, it's not. So don't look down on me, because you may be walking in my shoes next year, next month, or today.

No matter whether I'm working or not, I still have at the minimum, 2 jobs. When I'm in between contracts, I use the time to write and look for another assignment. When I'm working, I juggle writing, working, marketing, promoting, etc.

I have to admit the last few weeks have been draining, but I can't stop writing. I can't stop promoting and right now I can't stop working. (Not until I either get a good publishing deal or sell a few movie scripts...whichever comes first).

After attending the Women's Conference today, I feel inspired to keep on doing what I'm doing no matter what. One speaker spoke about something that pertains to how I've been feeling. I felt as if God delivered a special message for me because he knows what's been tugging at my heart.

In the words of Eric Pete, author of Gets No Love, "Can't Stop, Won't Stop."

Blogger Peggy said...
They have no idea of who you are! Couldn't have. That's just such a prime message for life - you never ever really know who you are dealing with, so you best treat them right. As an employer my motto is: Long Live the Temp! They such pull my rear out often enough!

Stay positive!

Blogger Carla J. Curtis said...
Yes, they are sitting on a gold mind. And, they ought to be grateful that you are making suggestions to improve productivity. Although it gets hard at times, continue to stay positive.


Blogger princessdominique said...
It's sad that employers aren't what they used to be. Now they are the most crooked, mean, spiteful, vendictive people around and they teach their employees to be the same way. They act as if they were doing YOU a favor hiring you and having you coming to work everyday. I hope they do a search and find that are you the cusp of something great! That'll teach them!  

Blogger Shelia said...

You are right. People have no idea of who you are. At one company, one of the temps was actually hired to find out how the employees really were and they would go back and report to this department head. Yes, that's spying, but it just goes to show you that you never know who that "temp" really is.  

Blogger Shelia said...
Thanks Carla. I will do my job and keep my suggestions to myself (unless they decide to pay me for  

Blogger Shelia said...
lol Princess Dominique, that would be funny. They have given me so much writing material. I'm just soaking it all up.  

Anonymous kandie said...
It's ONLY temporary, you probably weren't meant to have that job long, just long enough to help financially but not so demanding a job to take the focus away from your PURPOSE which goes BEYOND...that temp position. Just smile, feel good, now you're bound for bigger things in life & with GOD all things are possible.

Push on flinestone, keep your head up & be strong!!!!!


Blogger Shelia said...

Thanks, knowing that it's temporary is the only thing that gets me through the day.  

Blogger VAR said...
Hey Shelia... Please dont stop pushing and reaching for your dreams and goals. You know I'm always praying and wishing for your success. I've recognized the blessing aka "goldmine" a very long time ago in your friendship. I thank you constantly for that. Those folks at that job dont know nuttin! lol.. Let them continue to be blind while you continue to soar and rise to the top... God blessed this world with you for a reason so keep striving to find, explore and cultivate that reason...
Anthony *  

Blogger Shelia said...
VAR, that was the sweetest thing I've heard today. I'm sitting here (at reading it over and over. Thank you for your kind heartfelt words.  

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