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Date: 5/6/13 10:37 AM

We have a position to fill in our office. I think it's the new temp agencies that our company is working with, as they send nothing but bottom of the barrel people!!
The first girl was a nightmare, and she left on her own.

This new one is a real doozy. Arrogant, and un-trainable. Keeps making the same mistakes over and over and over, and of course it's never what she is doing wrong. I just now was telling her something, and she COMPLETELLY ignored me. She usually gives attitude, but I guess now she figures she doesn't have to listen at all.
Thank goodness they are replacing her after this week. It would have been immediate, but I have to go to some training myself.

I'm so disappointed, and cringe to see how much worse this can get.
They sent a resume over of the only person they are considering. A 25 year old who has been working in the medical assistant field for 4 years. Now, why would a person doing that want to do a temp to hire position in warehousing???? Her resume indicates she wants a medical job. But does our management or the temp agency care that this is obviously not a match? No, she will leave as soon as a medical job comes available. She's only temping in the meantime to have income. And even if hired, she'll have better pay and benefits in the medical field that what our company offers.

I'm so done training people, really. Uggghh.

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Date: 5/6/13 10:45 AM

Ask if you could interview the next contestant before they make an offer.

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Date: 5/6/13 10:49 AM

I feel your pain.... hired someone a few months ago who I had high hopes for, but suddenly she's coming in late, not calling me to let me know what's up, argh. Might be related to a short term problem at home, but as an old boss said to me when a colleague was having problems that affected him at work: "....everyone has problems..." (meaning the rest of us deal with our problems and get to work on time...)

Another gripe I have is how many people can't write. even people with Master's degrees. I spend too much time editing letters for basic grammar

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Date: 5/6/13 11:37 AM

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They sent a resume over of the only person they are considering. A 25 year old who has been working in the medical assistant field for 4 years. Now, why would a person doing that want to do a temp to hire position in warehousing???? Her resume indicates she wants a medical job. But does our management or the temp agency care that this is obviously not a match? No, she will leave as soon as a medical job comes available. She's only temping in the meantime to have income. And even if hired, she'll have better pay and benefits in the medical field that what our company offers.

Is this really a problem though? People who are the "perfect fit" leave companies all the time, for a number of reasons. She's probably applying because she has bills to pay and will take just about anything right now.

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Date: 5/6/13 11:52 AM

Have you considered looking for an older employee - meaning over 50?

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Date: 5/6/13 12:14 PM

I forgot to mention that she comes in 15 minutes late everyday. No explanation given.

No, they won't let us interview, we have asked. They just take what they send. I'm very very lucky they are agreeing to let this one go.

I do realize people who fit leave all the time. I just don't think it's prudent to go with someone whose resume indicates they are looking for a carrer which is basically totally opposite of what this is.
It takes a long time to train someone on this job, and both our company and the customer spend lots of money training as it's haz mat, and there are government regs to follow with the training. This person must pass numerous tests after attending seminars every year, and they are NOT easy, even for those of us who've been doing it for years.

I'm sure this girl just needs something in the interim to pass the time and pay the bills. But, that's not my problem. We tell the temp agency this is temp to hire, and it's clerical in nature. The agencies we are using are simply sending what they have, regardless.

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Date: 5/6/13 12:24 PM

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We tell the temp agency this is temp to hire, and it's clerical in nature. The agencies we are using are simply sending what they have, regardless.


So, instead of focusing on the temp employees and their deficits, how about taking this problem to the people who work with the agency? It seems as though the agency is not understanding that this is a temp to hire position and the employees are being evaluated for permanent status.

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Date: 5/6/13 12:26 PM

Marec, yes, they tell the agency that, but they have so few people to go around. This is why I've asked them to go with the larger agency, but they won't.

I don't think they let us indicate age, as that's discriminatory. (Though age discrimination is rampant in the chemical plants in these parts). Age doesn't matter much to me - I could take younger or older. But, someone who can learn, apply that knowledge to different situations, pass tests, pay attention, come to work on time, and take direction.
That's why the first girl didn't work out. She was on so many RX's that were inhibiting her ability to concentrate on her work, and spent most of her day on her medical issues.

This isn't the type of job where you can come in and reinvent the wheel. We have to do things in a certain order, and in a certain way. It's very *follow the procedure* oriented as we are an ISO 9000 facility. We get audited, and every T must be crossed and I dotted. If not, I get blamed. So I need people whose shoulders I don't have to look over after the first 3 months, who I can trust to do it the way it has to be done, and accurately.
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Date: 5/6/13 12:49 PM

Remember Murphy Brown show.. where she blew thru new secretaries.. Its not an uncommon problem finding good help..

Gee.. I feel a story coming on.. hmmmm....

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Date: 5/6/13 1:32 PM

Sounds like the perfect candidate for that job is...

Me!

But I'm retiring in 7 months, and don't want to relocate, and need to find a replacement for myself in the meantime, so I guess not.

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