A Bad Temp-erament

| Working | April 14, 2017

(I work in a print production facility where we print large quantities of things like pamphlets, booklets, and instructional guides. We also do a lot of the bindery work that has to be done after they are printed. When we get heavy workloads we often hire temps to help with the fairly easy — but time consuming — bindery tasks. I witnessed this one morning.)

Manager: *walking in with a temp worker* “Hi, [Coworker], this is [Temp]. She’ll be helping you out today. Show her what she needs to do.”

Coworker: “Okay, sure thing! Right this way, [Temp]!”

(My coworker spends about 10 or 15 minutes showing the temp how to use the machinery and what work needs to be done.)

Temp: “Wait, this is it?”

Coworker: “What?”

Temp: “This is ALL I’m doing today?”

Coworker: “Uh… Yes. This is what we need help with.”

Temp: “I don’t want to do this.”

Coworker: *a bit dumbfounded at this point* “Well… this is what we hired you for; this is why you’re here.”

Temp: *getting slightly aggressive* “Well, I’m better than this. I shouldn’t have to do this!”

Coworker: “There’s nothing else for you to do here. We hired you from the temp agency to come do these tasks. I don’t know what else to tell you.”

Temp: “Fine!”

(She finally starts doing the work she is supposed to, but very slowly, and complains about it several times. A couple hours later the temp gets the manager’s attention and asks him about when she can take a lunch break. My coworker must have already told the manager about the temp’s attitude.)

Temp: “When do I get to take a lunch?”

Manager: “You can go ahead and go now. And don’t come back. We’re calling the temp agency and getting a replacement for you.”

(The temp was not happy to hear it, but I don’t know what she expected from us after acting like that!)

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