Some days it's hard to not get irritated with people. I'm answering the phones for the office today becuase most of the staff is out at a team-building retreat. Well, one woman called and when I couldn't answer her questions, I apologized to her for not knowing, told her of the team being out on of the office and I was temporarily helping with the phones (because despite the voice mail to the contrary, people want a human being to hear them, plus I think the box filled up by noon yesterday!) She then told me, "Oh well, you're only a temp. No wonder you can't be more helpful." Which really got my gall up, but I didn't take the bait--as tempting as it was.
Yes, I'm a temp worker. That doesn't make me less of a person. It just means I'm doing my best and I don't have all the answers.
Speaking of temp work, another temp agency keeps trying to contact me about a job. Well, I am getting irritated with them also. See, when they call, they get a bit short that they've reached a machine and not you. Now, I've updated them with another number to reach me several times, but they don't use it. And when I do get to call them back, they get snippy that I didn't call back RIGHT AWAY so I could get this job. Well, I call them back as soon as I can, but if I don't get off work from one temp job and home until after the temp agency has closed, kind of hard to get hold of them. Also, if the person on the other end is NEVER available and won't call me at the number I ask them to call me at, well, what can you do? I've called three times today to try and get through, thinking the person calling me got busy and not wanting to miss it. Plus, I want to appear pro-active in this situation--not like I'm sitting around wishing I had a job while I eat chocolate animal crackers (which I could eat my body weight in those, but that's another story). No call back of yet. Now, when I first applied with this company, they told me they were considering me to do the same job as the woman calling me becuase she is swamped. But they didn't want to hurry the decision. Well, sounds like they need to move at a bit faster than snails pace. I almost feel like telling them--I can start Monday and help you out...sounds like you're missing a good bit of revenue by not having the proper staff.
Or it could just be the irritation talking.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 5/28/2004 02:32:00 PM