Originally Posted by simonbaker
I know the feeling well. Lunch is always a busy time for me too. Only the slow days work for lunch.
When I was part of the working world, I too would work through my lunch time. Then one day I overheard a supervisor make the remark, "Oh give it to Adele. She doesnt' mind giving up her own time." From that day on, I always took my lunch hour and entitled breaks whether I wanted to or not. I never gave my entitled free time to the company again. No matter where I worked. I always got along with all the people, no matter what company I was working for. But that remark brought me up short. I started to look around me and I noticed that the supervisors would take advantage of any employee that was afraid to speak up. It made them look good. As a temp worker I could get away with a lot of stuff. Like speaking up. The company couldn't fire me. All they could do was tell my agency that they no longer needed my services. I had completed my assignment.
My agency received a lot of requests from companies that I had been assigned to if they could have me back. So when they were told that I was no longer needed, they knew it wasn't my fault. The company had violated the rules of what they could ask of me. I loved doing temp work. I got to see how a lot of companies worked. And I learned a lot about different products and how they were made. I did temp work for more than 20 years.