Dealing with a boss who won't take no for an answer
June 29, 2012 9:15 AM Subscribe
I'm being asked to engage in business practices that are probably bad for my company in the long run and driving me nuts personally. I'm also a new temp and not in a great position to rock the boat. Is there any way to make this situation more bearable?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (14 answers total)
I'm working as a temp at a referral agency which contracts with schools to provide speech, occupational, and physical therapists. They have a contract to provide a number of speech language pathologists to a large school district in a mid-sized urban area.
Myself and one other temp have been tasked with calling a list of speech therapists in the area near the school district, asking them if they'd be interested in our openings. Problem is, there are only so many speech therapists around. Between the two of us, we've called the same list of maybe 100-some people three or four times each over the past two days.
Needless to say, the people who aren't interested in the positions are getting pissed off at being harassed by phone. We'll take anyone who asks off our to-call list, but that still leaves a bunch of people getting 2 and 3 voicemails a day from us. The account manager who's filling the positions (call her Amy) , has gotten several angry messages from people who've been contacted again and again.
The problem is, we have a supervisor (call her Beth) who oversees me, the other temp, and Amy. Beth is insisting that both of us temps keep calling everybody on the list, even though they've probably already gotten the message a million times. I think it's crazy, Amy thinks it's crazy, but she won't back down.
I don't want Amy to have to field nasty messages. I feel guilty about leaving the same message for clearly uninterested people over and over. Most of all, though, it seems like bad business practice; if you want therapists to come through for you when they do need work, don't hound them over and over when they're clearly not interested.
If I have to call this same list of people over the next few days I will hit my breaking point. I know Beth is probably stressed at trying to fill her contract obligation, but the way we're going about trying to contact people now seems all wrong.
Is there any way to try to tell her to back off or consider other approaches? Keep in mind that as a temp I am totally expendable if I suggest anything too radical. (Not that I'd mind being asked to leave this organization, I just like paying my bills and all.)