On Tuesday morning, I was busy planning company Christmas parties, organizing holiday activities and updating employee training information. I was looking forward to a busy few weeks. I was hoping that I could impress my employers enough to change my status from "Pre-hire" to "Permanent".
Tuesday afternoon I attended one of the plant-wide meetings. I saw my ideas and handiwork presented to the plant. No credit was given to me and none was expected. I was just doing my part to help the company prosper.Before the end of the meeting, I was called into the HR manager's office and told I would not become a true employee of the company. My services as a temporary employee would no longer be needed after the holidays
I was stunned.
My work was praised by everyone. I volunteered to help whoever needed help. I poured myself into the company trying to achieve the coveted status of "EMPLOYEE with BENEFITS".
My sadness resulted in my termination less than 24 hours later. I didn't yell. I didn't confront anyone or beg to be hired in as a permanent employee. I was just sad and a couple people caught me crying before I could leave for the day.
The HR manager didn't like my reaction. I still do not understand why it was such a big deal to her. I was trying to come to grips with the end of yet another shot at employment. Since 2006, I have been trying to get a full time job. This was the closest I'd ever come to one.
My extensive education has done nothing to help me find work. I can't even get interviews for minimum wage positions. When I do get an interview, I am told that I am overqualified but "surely you will easily find something more suitable".
Yes, I was sad to hear I would not finally get to become a full fledged employee.
But, the way I was "cancelled" devastated me. I could have understood if I had not been able to do the work or if there had been any complaints about me at all. I did the work above and beyond their expectations. I had no issues with any of the employees including the HR manager (at least before she fired me).
Still, I was replaced in the blink of an eye. To her, it was a minor inconvenience calling the temp agency. To me, it was my livelihood destroyed.