…and was notified today that I’m not a felon so I can go to work for this company. It’s a contract-perm position, as are almost all positions these days. Last one of those I had, the company worked me through my contract, said they were ready to hire me, had all the paperwork ready and they’d see me on Monday. That was on a Friday. I got a call that evening from my agency that my “assignment had ended.” Turns out the company had no intention of hiring me and only told me so to keep me in my seat, and at my computer. They just put another temp in there. It wasn’t a performance issue or an attendance issue or a personality conflict. It was that the company didn’t want to hire a permanent person, thus incurring the costs of benefits and a higher wage. So they strung me a long with promises of permanent employment until my 580 hours were worked through, and then threw me out like so much garbage.
Enter offer number two. Just got it two weeks ago and background check came through clean today. Of course it did. I knew it would. Last week, I emailed my agency rep to let her know I have a doctor appointment on June 24th. I specified in my email that I wanted her to know in advance of starting at this company so that they would not start me on the 24th of June.
Guess what folks? Yep. She called me today to tell me I have to start on the 24th. When I mentioned my doctor appointment her voice went from light and airy to ugly in a blink. My doctor appointment was going to cause “huge issues” and I knew from her tone that if I didn’t reschedule it NOW, the offer would be withdrawn and they wouldn’t work me any more.
This is what you do when you’re unemployed. You take what you can get because you HAVE to take it, and I have serious doubts about the company I’m going to work for. They are punitive with their employees. I know this for a fact because a good friend of mine has worked for them for 10 years and has spent 7 of those 10 years stressed beyond any capacity I could understand. He needs to work, so he stays. He stays because he is a field rep and doesn’t have to go in and sit in a corporate office chair and spin on command each day. He stays because he is 60 and is virtually unemployable. He hates it.
So I call this “incident number one.” I’m told if I keep the doctor appointment I had trouble getting scheduled in the FIRST damned place, that I won’t have a job, only I’m not told that in so many words. I’m told it will be a “huge issue” in an ugly tone of voice.
Can’t wait for “incident number two.” You know it’s coming. So do I. Someone won’t like that I’m quiet and keep to myself, or if I attempt to “assimilate” someone else won’t like that. It’s the life of a temp – you get fired for breathing. Don’t ever believe you fit in anywhere at a company if you’re a temp. You are watched, evaluated, and criticized about anything and everything. If you eat at your desk, because everyone else does and you only have 30 min for lunch, you’re penalized because only “employees” can do that. More than one post-it pad on or in your desk? That’s theft, you know! Wear the wrong color shirt? That’s inappropriate.
I was lucky today. I was able to reschedule my doctor appointment. But tell me – is it appropriate, right or in anyone’s best interest to force me to trade health care for a JOB??? Is it legal (probably it is!) to imply that someone will have an offer of employment withdrawn if that person has notified her agency of a doctor appointment well in advance of employment?
I’m here to tell you, after almost three years of this bullshit: Don’t trust your agency, don’t trust Corporate America and don’t trust your co-workers. Do not trust anything your own eyes can’t see or your own ears can’t hear.
And off I go, to lovely evil corporate america, again. Wonder how this one will work out. And if anyone has the temerity to tell me I have a bad attitude, I suggest you get yourself unemployed for 3 years and then after that same time frame has passed and you’ve been passed around like a corporate whore from one company to another that makes you promise after promise and then shits all over you, to then post here about my attitude. Jus’ sayin’.