Crab-walking away from that note, I'll put this thread back in the direction of the world of employment, or rather public sector work . I recently took up a temp role at my local council, turning down a higher-paid temping offer from a company in the process believing it was the better long-term move.
The main things I learned?
- It takes forever to get anything beneficial done (such as getting computer and system access, still not fully set up after 1-and-a-half months despite my pressing (and being told this was good speed compared to the norm ))
- There are rules and sub-rules for every type of paperwork, and people will be shocked (in a distressed way) at any
innovative common sense suggestions that are not within those guidelines
- The 'meetings before meetings' stereotype is inaccurate but not too far off
- You will be tasked with taking half-hour from your day to fill out a health & safety assessment if you move to a new desk (informed that the situation was previously worse than this )
- As the newest person you will sometimes be tasked with counting the number of entries in an entire box of files for the benefit of a manager working from home that day
- And finally, not to choose it again. Also that 'action' is a widely-accepted verb .
To cut a long and boring story short, I was let go from the struggling and increasingly-underpowered team, with the main reason being... "not enough staff". To 'train me', that is, in the challenging art of processing expense claims and using their computer programmes, which I couldn't learn until I had a working system and staff with time free from processing so they could teach me how to process . And told that I most likely would have been kept had I been in any other department, or a full-time worker, or if they were fully-staffed .
Co-workers were great and supportive, just too overworked to do much to help, while some members of management just appeared to be... A little communication from their end could have gone a long way, any 'mistakes' they informed me of after the fact could have been told to me at the time as anything they had said was taken on-board, when I told the manager his tone was essentially "sorry, didn't realise, but too late to change the decision back now". If they'd have been a little clearer in the interview, I'd probably be almost £1k and -1 headache better off right now ...
Sorry for the long and generic rant, but that's what this thread is here for and what I wrote just about covers the surface of the topic, if one person declines temporary public-sector work because of this, then it's been worthwhile .