Thursday, 3 November 2016

5 Things I've Learnt From Doing Temp Work


In case you missed my catch up post the big news is that I have an amazingly exciting new job at the UK Space Agency! However I'm still waiting for my security clearance, and as much as I was loving being a stay at home wife (so much amazing baking happened) I was getting annoyed with having no money, so decided to register with a recruitment agency to see if they could get me any temp work, to tide me over until my proper job could start.

After a week of hearing nothing from them I was offered a job in a warehouse as a re-worker (no, I'd never heard of one of those either) and this leads me to thing I've learnt number 1:

I really really hate working in a warehouse.

I'm sure there are people out there that love their warehouse jobs, but I am utterly and completely not one of them. For starters, my shift started at 6:30am. That isn't that crazy early when you consider that I was leaving the house at 6:30am in my last job, but when you factor in the wake up time of 5:20am, it becomes seriously unpleasant. I got to finish at 3:15pm, but I was utterly exhausted from being on my feet all day and shifting boxes around, so I basically came home and lay on the sofa for the rest of the night.

Warehouses are bloody freezing.

When I asked what to wear to the job I was told jeans and a jumper, so I thought I'd go for layers and wore a long sleeved t-shirt, short sleeved t-shirt and a hoody, thinking I'd get too warm and start taking things off quite quickly. Nope. It started out cold at 6:30am, but only got colder as the day went on and the huge doors were opened and the cold air came in. I ended up with fingerless gloves on and still not being able to feel my fingers when I went on a break. I was so cold that it got into my bones and I didn't feel warm all week. 

Re-working isn't for me.

So a re-workers job is basically taking things out of one box and putting them into another box. Yep. That's what I did, along with making up boxes and sticking stickers onto them for 4 days straight. No headphones allowed (but I totally flouted that rule for the one shift where I worked alone and it made it a little bit more bearable) so unless the people you're working with are chatty, you have zero mental stimulation. For some people this might be great, but I already tend to be an over-thinker, so having nothing to do but think for a week was not good.

I ended my weeks contract there and they offered for me to continue, but I knew that I just couldn't hack it, so begged asked for something else. Luckily they had a job clearing tables in a cafe, it was less hours and less money, but it absolutely had to be better than warehouse work. I started the next Monday and swiftly learnt thing number 4:

Plates and teapots are really heavy.

So pretty much my entire job is clearing tables in the cafe, and restocking the plates/glasses/cutlery when it's been washed up, and I have serious respect for waitresses. Plates are so heavy! I loaded up a tray on my first day with 4 plates and a few glasses and could barely lift it. I'm a lot more sensible now and only do a few things at a time, to stop me from doing a red-faced stagger back to the kitchen, as that just isn't professional. Now that I'm used to it though I'm using it as a bit of a workout, might as well get paid to lift weights all day!

People are really gross.

The final thing that I've learnt is that people can be really disgusting. When I've been clearing tables I've had to pick up all sorts of things, from snotty tissues, half-chewed up bits of food in a napkin and used plasters, with blood on them. Ew. Seriously, why can't they just put them on their plate at least so we can use the cutlery to put them in the bin, instead of loose all over the table. From now on whenever I eat in a cafe I will always leave all my rubbish so neat and tidy for the people who have to clear it away.

So, they are the 5 things I've learnt so far from doing temp work. I'm back at the cafe again this week, and it's actually a really lovely place, I've never worked anywhere that looks after their staff so well. We have an unlimited amount of squash we can drink whilst we work, and they provide food for all the staff in the lunch room, and it's good quality stuff, a soup, a salad and bread every day. Crazy. As it's quite a posh cafe I'm also enjoying listening out for posh kids names. My favourite so far is a child called Almond. Love it! 

Rachel x
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2 comments

  1. That factory work does sound awful- especially being so bitterly cold :( As you said, maybe some people would love such a stress/chat free environment, but I'd go insane!
    Glad to hear the second placement has been more successful- free food and crazy baby names ftw- but I bet you can't wait for your Space Agency job to start :) xxx

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