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I wrote a Q & A column advising a guy who was conflicted about his work obligations versus his commitments at home.This fellow’s job put him in situations where on a moment’s notice, he’d have to
Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:
I could relate to this article too well. Having been a consultant or temp for the past five years, and not being able to find permanent work vs. contract work, the same still applies very often. The same expectations are made to do your duties and perform as if you are an employee, yet you don’t even get the same benefits or treatment. Some would argue that some consultants make a lot of money, so they can afford to get their own benefits, but I have yet to find that to be true. In two out of three cases of my own, I was actually underpaid by half. But the treatment–even as someone who is technically a non-employee–is the same. We just have even more on the line, at least based on my own experiences. Sometimes we have good experiences, and sometimes we have not so good. Consultants/temps are always on the bottom of the totem pole, as it is. We put in the same work, but given less credit very often. Not always, but usually.
This is definitely a must-read. It’s a dynamic that all companies have to work on getting the right balance.
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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog, TechCommGeekMom.com, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/daniellemvillegas, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog.
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