Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Pigs In A Poke: Temporary Support Employee Status of USPS, IRS, Walmart and Amazon

One of the worst kept secrets in the USA is the lousy treatment of temporary support employees by such giants as USPS, IRS, Walmart and Amazon. USPS is the worst. IRS is next to them.  There are others, but the most available information involves these. Temp agencies handle this for private companies. The USPS and IRS does their own in house hiring and firing. They, also, are the shining example of dishonesty in employment recruitment and labor relations in America. Hence, the "pig in a poke" idiom as the move towards privatization creeps forward.

All strongly hint that permanent employment is a possibility as the carrot. All promise prompt termination if over the top expectations are not consistently met. The truth is that all are working to reduce the size of their core of long term workforce. So, though hiring a survivor of the years worth of temporary employment is a possibly a good  move for the organization, the odds of this happening are minuscule.

Comment: It's time to "let the cat out of the bag". Temporary means temporary. Don't become a temporary support employee unless you are ready and willing to either quit or be fired at a moments' notice. And know that if you're fired, there are no unemployment benefits / just as there were no health coverage -- so don't be afraid to quit if management becomes insanely and irrationally demanding. You're on your own both coming and going.

Note: Management is responding to "bottom line" pressure from their bosses who don't give a rat's ass about them or the worker bees. The only ones who last in this rat race are the ones whose life choices have them boxed in and are forced to suffer the conditions.  So, be smart --- save 10% of everything you ever earn and never ever spend it until after you're retired (put it in long term CDs or something FDIC safe).