Beggars Want To Be Choosers

I’ve been working for a temporary employment agency since the end of June as I continue my search for permanent employment in a field related to my degree. In that time I’ve been privileged to work in a wide variety of settings and do an interesting array of jobs.

Next week is National Temporary Employee Week (or possibly September is National Temporary Employee Month, I’m not really sure). Imagine my surprise when the branch office of the company I work for called me up this afternoon to let me know that they had selected me as their employee of the year. I was both pleased and shocked, and they will be featuring an article about me in their newsletter next week. (No, this is not an article about how great a worker I am. I’m actually driving toward a point.)

Later, my surprise grew as I thought about this honor. One of the primary reasons they gave me for awarding me this honor, despite my short time of employment with the company, was my willingness to take nearly any assignment (such as this third shift assignment I have had
all this week) and my availability to take said assignments. The way I’ve always looked at it is that I haven’t had much of a choice. The bills don’t stop coming in the mail and to turn down
an assignment seems like asking for financial trouble. Yet, the implication is that many temps turn down assignments until the one that appeals to them turns up. My thought is that beggars can’t afford to be choosers, but it seems that the idea of most people is that beggars not only want to be choosers but that they can afford to be choosers and will take only those jobs that seem best. We are a pampered and spoiled society when we can ‘afford’ to put off paying
bills (typically by going further into debt) just so we can work the sorts of jobs that either won’t be inconvenient or that have only the level of pay that we want. Personally, I would rather take any work that comes available to me, however inconvenient, in order to pay my bills and provide for my family. And apparently it is that mindset that gets an individual an Employee of the Year award. It is actually kind of sad that being willing to work is what makes a
distinguished employee.

5 thoughts on “Beggars Want To Be Choosers”

  1. Ugh, agreed, halfway through this I was thinking how sad it was… like, in my exit interview at camp, here I am just a regular camp counselor, and Nathan (boss) told me I had one of the best attitudes he’s ever seen. I had to ask him what made it so special, he said because I’m positive.
    … Everybody’s so hateful nowadays, so pent-up with negative energy I don’t think they realize what they’re doing to themselves. It’s tragic.
    Congrats, though. Keep shining.

  2. Holy crap.
    Apparently all this time I hadn’t subscribed to you yet. I’m so sorry. I feel like a jerk now. Funny how xanga can do that sort of thing to ya.
    Good luck with the Snapple lid idea or something similar – It’s tough. Mine was actually much easier to work with than many others, some really weird/bland/obscure/tough ones… I hope they do alright, though.
    And yeah, you can write about anything, just takes imagination/mood and such, as you know. For now I’m done writing about the mundane (for a long time I vastly enjoyed taking the most boring things and carving out intricate tales, like a if-these-walls-could-talk thing), time for something exciting, haven’t written anything violent in a while.
    I can’t help it, it’s fantastic fun to write, darnit.
    And a release, an escape. ‘Cause I don’t actually want to be that gun-wielder.
    Neat, eh?

  3.      Jim, don’t you have a public library system that would have Firefly?  That’s how I watched them.  Very affordable.  ;)
         Also, sorry I keep missing you (whether it be at my house or online)!  We’ll have to match up soon!  I’m helping a family at church move into a new house on Friday, but I’ll try to be online after that.  I figure it won’t be before 9pm, though.  :(

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