another round of trainees.
Considering how easy this job is, I'm always astonished by how many people we go through. But so be it! Today I was once again training people to do my job at RHA. One of them was my old friend Janelle, who is a permanent hire (the first one we've had in a while) rather than a temp from an agency. Our CEO is usually very firmly against hiring directly, so the agency must have been having a lot of trouble finding someone who only wanted part-time work on weekends in order for him to agree to take her on. But I'm glad! Generally, the non-temps tend to last much longer. Plus, Janelle's a pal, and she worked at the museum with me, so I know she'll be a good employee for RHA.
However, Janelle wasn't available to work over Labor Day weekend - she's got to be at a wedding, since those are all the rage these days. So we also had Temp #11 with us to train. #11 will only be here for two-three days, which is just fine with her. A middle-aged woman who has been out of the workforce for several years, #11 has been working short-term jobs for the last year or so to see just what kind of career she wants to have at this stage in her life. That's not a bad strategy if you don't need the money urgently.
We went over parking permits and filing and how to answer the phones and sign people up for tennis courts - every little basic thing I could remember. Trouble is, it's always the things that don't happen regularly that trip up the newbies. I made sure each woman had my phone number and told them to feel free to call if they have questions, because I'm sure something I failed to anticipate will leave them puzzled during their first couple of shifts.
Now off to Los Angeles to celebrate Labor Day!