I am having a strange problem.
Even though I am not working, I am working too much. The temp job I took that was two days a week has become a full-time commitment. They lost a staff person, the woman who supervised me (I call her a woman, but she was at least 5 years younger than I am), and the organization asked me to fill in while they figure out next steps. No raise, just more hours. I have taken on extensive operational responsibilities, which was not really a part of the original conversation.
I thought that temping would mean going to a bunch of different places for a few days, answering phones, entering data, not needing to talk to anyone. The organization where I work now has asked me to step in and take over a lot of work, and I agreed. But I keep hearing this voice in the back of my head yelling “But I don’t work here!” I feel a huge sense of responsibility towards my work, I am asked to take on complex, long-term tasks, I have access to a large amount of sensitive data, and I am interacting with clients on a daily basis.
What angers me is the lack of communication and advocacy on my behalf from my temp agency, as I asked them to negotiate for more money and they didn’t. I also think the organization that I work for needs to recognize that I am a really good temp and they are taking advantage of my skills in a major way. They apparently contended that I was able to come and go as I needed, and that they didn’t have any extra money to pay for me (even though they definitely will be paying me 2.5 times more than before, because of my increased hours).
I feel taken advantage of, and this isn’t a good feeling to have. I have more work than I can handle every day, and little to no supervision right now, a function of vacations and people being new to the organization. We are muddling through. I was hoping for less responsibility so I could rest up before my next big working adventure, which I am starting to believe will be really stressful. They have not made any noises about offering me the job that is currently open and that I am currently doing. They know that it is not what I am looking for and that I am overqualified.
This isn’t temping!