Employee vs Contractor vs Mom

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Employee vs Contractor vs Mom

1 May, 2015
JoAnne
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For those of you that don’t know me I have been working since the ripe age of 9, more or less. No lie, I can remember working at a very young age. My Father began his own business at home and I remember sorting papers, making binders, and the like. The best part was I actually got paid for it! Woot. My Mother also used to pay me to deep clean her home and even to give her massages. She would also pay my brother to read big books like the Bible or Gone with The Wind. Unfortunately I did not care about education until well after my first college degree. Had I liked it I would be loaded. LOL. In addition to those odd jobs I did take a real babysitting job at the age of 11 that lasted me through high school and would have lasted me beyond had I wanted to stay there. I also held many retail jobs. So work? Yeah, I am and have always been a workaholic!

In my 20s I left the USA and ventured off to Spain for two years where I taught English to children and Adults. It was one of the most rewarding “jobs” I ever had. A job where I did not get paid but I got free room and board. When I returned to the states just after 9/11 I had no idea what I wanted to do. I had a Fashion degree which I got to appease my parents since it was a college degree but at that point I had zero interest in working in the industry. I decided to just apply for any old job. When I was on an interview the hiring manager told me I was overqualified and suggested I get into a big company like Johnson and Johnson. He suggested I contact Kelly Services which I did and which landed me a job as a temp (contractor) at Johnson and Johnson, go figure!

Though I was a contractor at that job I never felt any different. I applied my best as I had done with any job I had ever worked for. But not only did I not feel different because of how I acted I did not feel different because of how my boss and co-workers treated me. They never treated me like “a temp”. Were they more respecting of my flexible work hours? Yes, of course, but temps and contractors have that flexibility that employees don’t have. But other than minor things they considered me a part of their team and if they could have gotten the headcount they would have made me an employee.

Funny enough I eventually landed an “employee” position at Johnson & Johnson. It wasn’t with the same group but it was still a great team. Do you want to know what is amusing? For so many years all I wanted was that title of employee but now that I had the title it did not feel any different. The company, my boss, and co-workers treated me the same! Interesting, huh?

After some time there I moved on to a fulltime employee position with another company from the comfort of my own home. It was great until they had a reorganization and I got laid off. I took over two years off from Corporate America and it was the best time ever. To get my severance package and yet be available to my children 24/7 365 was sheer bliss. However, my package ran out and bills ran up so it was back to work I went!

I eventually ended up as a contractor once again. Being a contractor has so many benefits. To name a few: you normally get paid more, you have more flexibility to work from home, you can usually make up your own days/hours, and though you do “report” to someone you are kinda your own boss! But on the flip side it can have its negatives. For example, you can put 100 or 150% percent into your job and the company you are working for but not always get that back. What do I mean? Very simply and probably non-intentionally you or your skills can be under-utilized. It may sound crazy but go talk to a contractor and you’ll see what I mean! Did you ever notice the types of people who end up as contractors? Some have been CEOs of some of the greatest all time companies. They retire, get bored and decide to be a contractor. It’s great but most of the time their skillset is only being used minimally. The company has one need, the contractor fulfills it and though the contractor can offer the company so much more the company doesn’t ask for anything more so the contractor moves on and likely moves on to the same type of company. It’s fine. It is what it is but when you are used to being squeezed like a lemon for your talent it can sometimes make you scratch your head and/or leave you feeling under accomplished.

And then, there’s Motherhood. There is the toughest job in the world! The job that is not contractual nor M-F 9-5 but seriously is 24/7 365 with no vacations, no sick days, and no personal days. Am I being dramatic with that last statement? No, I am not. Why? Because even when we are sick we still have our Mommy responsibilities. Even when we are at a funeral we are still coordinating with the sitter how to get the kids homework done, books read to them, baths taken and in bed on time. And when, if ever we make it, with our toes in the water and arse in the sand, we are still thinking about our kids…are they ok? Do they miss me? Should I call?

But if you are a Mom or think of your Mom or a Grandmother of yours you will know that the best job in the world, the most fulfilling job in the world is that of being a Mother. Will you always be needed? YES. Will you always be wanted? YES (even when they say you’re not). Will your role ever end? NO (not even when you are dead; some Moms are more fierce in the afterlife!). Are the benefits good? THE BEST (and last in the next life too, btw). Will you be promoted? For sure (if you are never a GRAND-Mother you will still be a Queen)! Will you actually like your co-workers? YES, you will actually LOVE them! What about Management? Always wanted to be a Manager but never got promoted? Well now you have people “under” you and the best part is YOU TRAIN THEM YOUR WAY (train them wisely)! Will you ever been under-utilized? ABSOLUTELY NOT, in fact you will be OVER-utilized to the point where you will regret ever thinking about that question! Will you remain challenged in this position? MORE THAN EVER!

The list could go on. You get my point. Having said that I think that being a Mom is the best job in the world does that mean that I do not want to work? No way. I love working! I love my job, I love my clients, and my companies! I love using that part of my brain. I love using my talent as an administrator. So I hope to take what I have learned from the workforce and teach my children good, solid work ethics because they are the future of tomorrow and it is my job to make them the best they can be so that whatever career they chose to be in they will give it their all and basically change the world!

Thinking of what to invest in? Invest in your child today and make the world a better place! You won’t regret it. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!

God bless,

JoAnne

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  1. JoAnne May 1, 2015 at 2:18 pm Reply

    BRAVO…BEST BLOG YET.
    WHO IS THIS PERSON, AND WHAT DID YOU DO WITH MY DAUGHTER? LOVE, DAD

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