Should I tell my temp agency?
July 4, 2011 10:48 AM Subscribe
Should I say something about the temp assignment I was given?
posted by anonymous to work & money (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Should I say something? I'm new to temping and just left my second ever gig. It was supposed to be a 2 month project but I was told the project was put on hold after two weeks and they didn't need me anymore. The first deadline for the project was July 1 and I couldn't meet it as the place vastly underestimated the volume of work for one person. To meet the deadline they would have needed at least two people. I went as fast as I possibly could with the instructions and equipment I was given, but there was at least another few days worth of work left to be done at the end. I received little direction on the work and only found out in the last three days that I could have worked later to finish up. At my previous workplaces, it was OK to move a deadline around.
I also didn't fit in at the site at all although I was enthusiastic about the work. It was the kind of office where women are called girls and tittered at things the men said. I'm just not like that.
My gut told me from the second day that they probably wouldn't keep me because I am too nice. It was the strangest office I have ever been in, with swearing, poor remarks in general about lesbians and Black people (I'm white, female and straight btw). When my agent asked me how things were going after the first day, I mentioned the swearing, but that I would be OK with it. The other stuff came afterwards.
Should I tell the agency about my concerns? I felt pretty powerless at this office and I don't know how much power I have as a temp. There wasn't a private place where I could phone the agency either. Plus I really needed the money. I want to do better in the future. I'm also afraid that because the supervisor didn't like me the hard work I did will go unmentioned. What should I say to my agent and what should I do in the future when I encounter situations like this? Could I just have unrealistic expectations of temping?
This temp agency came highly recommended to me and I don't think it is one of the shady ones. I have already let the experience go, so I'm not brooding over it btw.