Bethany: I just talked to Steve about hiring replacements for Cyril, who quit last month and for Megan, who is leaving at the end of this week. Do you know what he told me? He doesn’t want to hire permanent replacements. He wants to make do with temps!
Enrique: I can see it from Steve’s perspective. The economy isn’t so good right now and maybe he’s not sure if we can afford full-time replacements.
Bethany: But how am I supposed to staff the office to cover all of the work that needs to be done with temps!
Enrique: Don’t undervalue temps. Many of them are very skilled and you may be surprised at how well they do. I should know. I worked as a temp right after graduating from college.
Bethany: You did? I didn’t know that. But you went to a great school. I’m surprised you had trouble landing a full-time job.
Enrique: Actually, I was offered a full-time job before I graduated, but I turned it down. I decided I wanted to test the waters in a few different companies before deciding on where I wanted to work. In retrospect, it was the best thing I could have done.
Bethany: You didn’t miss the job security?
Enrique: Yeah, I did, but there are other perks to working as a temp. I got offered permanent jobs with two of the companies I temped for. That’s how I got my first full- time job. Working there was the best way to get my foot in the door.
Bethany: Well, thanks for the fresh perspective. Maybe working with temps won’t be so bad.
Enrique: I hope not. And if they get out of line, just tell me and I’ll set them straight.
Bethany: Yeah, right.