The Temping Conundrum
When I started the Fabulous New Job back in May, it was presented to me as a temp-to-hire position. After 90 days or less, I could be brought on as a full-time employee without the temp strings attached.
I've been working really hard these last few weeks. I really enjoy what I do, and although I was helping fill in for someone on maternity leave, I had started learning things to take with me as part of my own role. One of my co-workers recently took on a huge project, and I was supposed to take over his day-to-day duties while he concentrated on this project and being a liaison to another group.
And then the bank stock started falling. And falling. And continuing to fall. We all started getting nervous. And then yesterday I found out, after talking with my boss, that the "to-hire" part of this is up in the air and they have no idea when they can actually hire people on right now.
I called my agency and talked to my representative. She has not talked with my direct supervisor, only with the HR representative. The recruiter said "oh they just love you, they want to hire you on full-time as soon as they're able, they wanted me to tell you x,y, and z."
So, you found this out two weeks ago, right? And you never once picked up the phone to let me know, right? Or even sent me an email to let me know, right? Why am I questioning what you're telling me they said? Am I just another person on your books right now, or is there really opportunity here?
Right now my husband and I are both temping. We have zero health insurance. No benefits of any kind. Do I start looking for something else pemanent now? Do I wait this out and start a passive search? It's just a hard decision to make, made more difficult by my pay rate here and the fact I really do like what I do.
This is just the temping experience I'm having right now, but it highlights why I dislike temp to hire through an agency particularly. The agency has no motivation to push for your permanent hire - they're getting paid so long as you're on their books. The company can drag something out if they want and don't have to tell the employee what's going on. I'm glad my boss took the time to let me know, but I hate I had to initiate the conversation.
I'm just sort of clueless right now, and trying to work through and figure out what the right answer for me and my family is, but that's way easier said than done.