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Temp as sole practitioner

edited December 2008 in Stupid Questions
So, I'm working this gig, supposed to be temp-to-hire, this is week 4 of it.

The company has not changed any of the incumbent's passwords, IDs, email, etc. The company has not provided my name as a contact to any of the third parties, so I cannot much done with most of them (ADP being a perfect example). As far as everyone knows who hasn't met me, I'm still Mary (including email).

I'm considering just saying "This is Mary from XX and I need help doing YY" from now on. I had to request an DD callback this week and I couldn't do it.

It appears this is just another indication of what I've heard from a few folks and it appears to be true; micro-managing is the name of the game. I hate being micro-managed. :evil:

So, anyhoo, I guess the question is, am I expecting too much for my name to be on anything until/unless such time as they may offer me the position on a permanent basis and I may (or may not) take it?


  • At another job, I had to deal with the company that did our COBRA administration , and the woman I dealt with who was very competent, told me up front that she was a temp, but gave me her name, contact info at the company, and also who her senior was (I'm assuming it was so I'd know who to go to when she wasn't there any more). She'd been there a few months, but obviously didn't know how much longer she was going to be there since she was a temp. I found it helpful to know the info.

    How does your boss feel about you putting your name out there as the person who does what you do?
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  • Thanks, sylvia. Just don't want to move at this point.
  • Said with all due respect, I wouldn't give away the keys to the castle without knowing if the situation was going to be permanent.

    With that said, I have had some temps helping out and we did give them their own ID, passwords, email address and phone extention, but I did remain the "contact person" with the third parties.

    I don't understand why the company would allow you to use "Mary's" login info. Our auditors most definitely would not like that!

    Good luck to you, whatever you decide to do!
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