It's been years since I have been a full-time employee and I loved the time since.
I honestly don't think I will ever be a full-time employee ever again.
Now I work one part-time job and another job as a contractor at a staffing agency.
I love this approach so much more than being a full-time employee.
Belows I list the reasons why:
1) Salaried- Most full-time positions are salaried. A company may do this for a variety of reasons but the most common reason is because they want to know exactly how much they will pay a worker for a given year. Thus, if a worker stays late, they are not obligated to pay the worker. It keeps their costs down and their budget on track. If the position they're offering is $60,000, that is how much they know that employee will cost for a given year. When you're salaried, there is no overtime given. What this means is if your employer asks you to stay or you just have to in order to complete your work past your regular hours, you don't get paid for it. You're essentially working for free. This is bad, because it decreases your hourly rate. Imagine you have a job where you're getting paid $60,000, which is roughly $30 an hour. This means that for a day, if you work an 8-hour shift, you make about $240 for the day. Now say this job is very stringent and you don't have enough time to complete the work in that 8 hours, so you have to stay an extra 2 hours a day in order to finish your work. Now you earn $240 in 10 hours, which is $24 an hour. This is not an uncommon situation at all and that's a pretty significant drop. If you were a part-time or contract worker, if you stayed extra, you would get paid for it. You're not salaried. You're hourly.
2) The Company Owns You- If you apply for a full-time job, you've basically sold yourself to the company. I mean, you're full time. You're going there the majority of your time. If you work at a job 5 days a week, you're at your job over 70% of the week. This gives the job a lot of time to sterility train you; what this means is they ingrain in you the company policies, the company culture, the company rules, the company hierarchy, the company expectations, the company goals... I mean, you're there the majority of the time listening to this almost the entire week. They have the whole week to ingrain in you what they want and to discipline if you fail to meet those expectations. If you're only there part-time, that's not enough time to truly get that level of control over you.
3) Mandatory Meetings- If you work at a company full-time, your regular hours are just your regular hours. This doesn't take into account mandatory meetings that the company may have, mandatory trainings, and all of those extra stuff. If you're a contract worker, there will be no mandatory meetings (unless that's in your contract, which is rare). You're not an employee. Companies can't force you to attend some spontaneous mandatory meeting that may take place.When I was a full-time employee, I used to hate those mandatory meetings that really got nothing done. It was basically just a waste of time. If you're a part-time employee, you may still have to attend company mandatory meetings, because you're an employee of the company. But if you're a contract worker, you never have to worry about this again.
4) Less Politics to Deal With- As stated previously, because you're at the company less, you're exposed to the company politics less. Politics such as how to please your boss or kiss up to your boss and those in higher positions. Just being exposed to crappy company culture of treating the boss this way and treating this manager this way and doing this to please this manager. You don't have to worry about that. This is especially true if you're a contract worker. As a contract worker, you're just an outsider helping a company. You're not an insider. You're not one of the company's employees. Therefore, you don't get warped up in the politics a company may have. Kiss up to this manager. Treat this manager well. Don't let that manager see you doing that, or you're fired. Make sure you do this in front of this supervisor. As a contractor, you're an outsider. You deal with none of that.
5) Higher Pay- As a contractor, you generally get higher pay than the company's employees for the same positions. This isn't always true, but many times is. For example, let's take nursing. You work for a government psychiatric facility. The regular nurses may get $30/hr, $32/hr. As a nurse from a staffing agency, you get around $40 an hour. So your pay is much higher. Yes, you don't get benefits such as health insurance, dental insurance, etc. but you can get those things independently without too much cost. And the higher pay makes up for it. Plus, employees lose a good amount of their paycheck contributing to the cost of health, dental, and vision insurance.
6) No Employee Evaluations- When you're a contract worker as opposed to a full-time employee or part-time employee, again, you're not really part of the system. You're just an outsider providing external help. There are no annual employee evaluations. There is no, 'You're doing good in this area. You're doing bad in this area. You need to improve greatly in this area. You're doing horrible in this area.' Honestly, you're no longer a child. You're a full-grown adult. Does this really need to be the case? When I think of employee evaluations, I think of a report card for school. Honestly, really...
7) It's Too Boring- Being a full-time employee, for the most part (depends on the job), is one of the most boring things in the universe. You get up every day, go to the same place, sit in the same chair, interact with the same people, and do the same thing, for the most part. You go home, go to sleep, and then rinse and repeat Monday through Friday. No wonder half of the working world lives for the weekends and dreads Mondays. As an employee, you know exactly where you're going to be in a 1 year, in 5 years, in 10 years... practically doing the same thing. It is the total opposite of a life of adventure. It's just boring. If you run a business, you never know where you'll be in 5 years. You could be making millions. As a full-time employee, this won't happen. If you have a few part-time jobs rather than a full-time job, at least you get to go to a new place every day or every other day. It makes life at least a little more exciting.
All in all, I'm very happy not being an employee. As a contractor, I get higher pay than regular workers, I have less responsibility, and don't get caught up in bad politics a company may have. I'm going to stay this way. I just don't like selling myself fully into a company and getting immersed in it. I like being the outsider, just doing the work, and not getting involved.
For these reasons, I could never become a full-time employee ever again.
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