My latest 3 month contract (running to the end of January) has coincided with being put in a proper team with a proper team leader. It means one person to sign holiday requests and I actually have to have some sort of performance review. If this morning is anything to go by it’s going to be a long 3 months (or longer depending on house).
Thames Water helpfully called me and asked if I was at home and why not. I very calmly explained that no-one had told me about the work going on today so no, I wasn’t at home. They asked if I would be at home tomorrow and I said I would see what I could do.
So, I took the opportunity to fill in a leave form for next week (leaving a couple of hours early to get ready for the RFP) and ask my new team leader if I could work from home tomorrow (working from home today would have been much better). My leave form gets scrutinised to the point where I almost go and get my contract to prove how much leave I have been granted, then I get asked to confirm whether I am even allowed to work from home. Charming. As a member of staff (albeit it a temporary one) I do actually have the same rights as everyone else, I’m just on a shorter notice period than most people. At least when I wasn’t in a team I could blame that on being treated like a second class citizen.
Think of the money, think of the money, think of the money, think of the money…