I posted this
question a couple weeks ago.
I am on a temp contract which goes until April. As I said in this question
several months ago, when they hired me in July (I temped for them last year and they hired me back again) they asked me to expand my job description. So, I put all my ideas together and submitted it (probably 5 months ago).
Then, out of the blue yesterday the HR woman sent an email to all staff with 2 job postings. The first one is the exact job description I submitted, and is also the exact job I am performing right now, minus reception duties. The second merely a receptionist position.
I asked my supervisor yesterday what the deal was, and he said I should not be worried, that this should be seen as a positive thing for me since I would go from being on a contract to being a permanent employee. but he hadn't read the email or the two job descriptions fully.
They hired a temp to do some communications functions for a few months while preparing for a conference. This temp just happens to be the daughter of the HR lady's close friend that she goes to church with. She is a few years older than me and has worked with HR lady before in a different organization, and gets rides home with her every night.
It's painfully clear to me how this is going to play out, they are expecting me to apply to both positions, and then they are going to demote me back to being receptionist, and the temp is going to be promoted to the job I am currently performing and for which I designed the job description.
I am furious about this, and I need to know what I should do next. I have absolutely no intention of applying to be demoted to receptionist. There is no reason why the HR lady should have done this right now, especially since I am on a contract until April. It seems she is not accountable to anyone since the president is hands off when it comes to HR. I've seen the way she treats employees on the way out of the organization; I would not hesitate to describe her as unnecessarily cruel and vindictive.
I need to know what to do next. On the one hand, there is a tiny chance that they are intending to give me the good job, and hire a new receptionist. But, this seems very unlikely given the fondness the HR lady has for this temp.
I am so tempted to just quit on the spot. Why would I want to stick around and be forced to train my replacement when I've been treated so badly? My contract stipulates that the organization has the right to just dismiss me without notice (not even 2 weeks notice). Does that mean I can do the same thing? I really really don't want to stick around waiting for them to " come to a decision" when I know what the outcome will be.
Can anyone help me process this and deal with it in the best way possible? I have spoken to my supervisor, but not to HR, which I intend to do tomorrow. The HR lady conveniently left for a dentist appointment about an hour after posting the job descriptions yesterday. What should I even say to her? That I am not intending to apply for both positions because one of them would be a demotion? I feel so terribly about this and I don't know how to move forward.