As a contract worker, there are a few things that can make a position tough. The key is the ability to perceive, communicate, learn from the experience, and move on to something better. The mistake is to give up, get frustrated, or quit.
For the temporary workforce, there are certain expectations. As you come into a new workplace, you must know how to do the job. Others may not be amenable to you or your temporary status. That does not mean you should at take abuse physically or verbally. If any such instances occur, they should be reported.
Aside from a toxic work environment, which is inherently harmful, a person under contract should not quit. You have made a commitment, and people are depending on you. When you quit, you jeopardize your relationship with the recruiter and manager of the company that hired you. People talk and information is shared, which can ruin your reputation in the industry.
Working through the contract also means communicating. If there are things you don’t agree with, you should speak with your manager. Allowing them to make changes will have an immediate impact on the work environment. By working diligently through difficult issues, you set a positive example and validate why you were hired.
Temporary workers don’t have to play office politics; instead, they should focus on the work at hand. While long-term workers need to be concerned about the future of their roles within the organization, temporary workers can focus solely on their projects. That focus can empower the workforce to do a better job and help customers. There are no profits, jobs, or companies without customers.
Contract work is a challenge; it is lucrative and cause the temporary worker to be a professional in the work environment – something not always easy to do. Quitting is never a good option; communication always works best.