Is it possible for someone to be considered as being too good at their job?

Working 9 to 5 - Getting on with your job
May 1, 2007 3:39am CST
My friends, the life of a temporary typist is one of*lots of work -no work* and this seems to have happened today. I worked on Friday and Monday, got my head down and cleared a load of the firm's backlog of work, only to find that because I have cleared all the work, they no longer need me anymore. I seem to have done myself out of the job simply by getting the job done. My agency are looking for another assignment for me right now but until I get a phone call with another assignment, I am back at home and here on MyLot. It has prompted me to wonder, is it possible for someone to be too good at a job?
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13 responses
• Singapore
1 May 07
What the ??!!! Surely they are not thinking of sacking you? That would be so sick!! Seeing that you are so good, they should be smart enough to "exploit" you even more. I hope you get to keep the job. It would be downright unfair if you got the boot because you are too good.
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1 May 07
Thanks Wizard, being on a temporary contract however means that when the work is done I am not needed. The agency I am with are looking for another assignment for me today and hopefully I will be at another place tomorrow. I was very surprised to be considered as such a quick and accurate worker, I guess some firms are used to people who don't work as hard *shrug*
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• Singapore
1 May 07
They won't likely make you leave till your period under the contract is up. If this company is smart, they will make you a perm staff when the contract expires.
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@mdchennai (2129)
• India
1 May 07
Exactly lord. Since they have seen the talent, i am sure that the next assignment is going to be a big one!
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• Canada
4 May 07
Hi Hun! I guess in your case their is such thing as someone being too good at their job lol. It will be good to have you back here in mylot =) Don't know if that helps or makes you feel any better. I think that you have really proven yourself, and I am so happy for you and proud of you for doing so. I'm sure the agency will have another job for you in no time. Way to go hun, and enjoy your little break. Have missed you and am happy to have you back even if it's just for a little while.
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4 May 07
Thanks hun, glad to be back for now at least. How's the smoke free going hun?
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• Canada
6 May 07
Your more then welcome hun. I am still smoke free =) Hopefully you are too? It's been quite a while I know that! I don't miss it though and the cravings are gone thank goodness.
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6 May 07
I do still have the occasional craving but so far so good :-)
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@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
1 May 07
Well, it looks like it is possible since you have typed your way out of that slot. Next time, pace yourself. You don't want to end up with arthritic fingers, so take your time!
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1 May 07
LOL yup, next one will have to be taken at a slower pace I think
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• Ireland
1 May 07
Creak, creak creak! Very slowly, I hope! You shouldn't be penalized for being brilliant anfd blowing doors on your coworkers!
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@mdchennai (2129)
• India
1 May 07
Ya, may be. Each one will be good in their own way. I think you are too quick in your work that you completed your work in few minutes. I am sure that your agency will now know your capability and will assing you job which requires best to work on it. Anyway since you are at home now, just enjoy myLotting :)
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1 May 07
LOL, at least they do know I can do the work now, hopefully it won't be long before I get my next assignment. Thanks hun
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@mdchennai (2129)
• India
1 May 07
After all truth has to come out one day or the other. The day has come that even they should know your capability. Now, looking at your perfomance may be you will be asked to work on all weekdays. Anyway, dont worry a lot, soon your next assignment will be given and then it will be difficult to find you in myLot, because you will be so busy with your work!
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• United States
2 May 07
Absolutely. If someone is exceptionally good at a temp job, the powerful ones are afraid the person would be taken away from them, maybe by a headhunter, so they don't try to make any commitments. That's pretty stupid on their part, since they're missing out on a great worker, but they don't always see the logic in keeping one. I hope they realize the error of their ways and ask you to come back.
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• United States
1 May 07
No there is not. You have contributed to making/having a good reputation. If that company ever needs anyone again you will be the first person they think of. Your reputation as being a hard worker will also get back to your agency and can only do you good.
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@MsTickle (24966)
• Australia
2 May 07
What???? That's unheard of! They can't do that, can they? Didn't they advise you of a 3 month trial period? That's just disgraceful, they just wanted a fill in person and you thought it was a proper job. You should have some recourse here mate. I do feel sad for you. You must be so deflated and even more anxious than ever now. Please just chalk it up to experience and be glad of the lesson. Hugs matey.
@MsTickle (24966)
• Australia
2 May 07
Okay - I know, I jumped in without reading the other responses. My sincere apologies. My mind is a little numb at this time.
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2 May 07
LOL - The agency think they might have another assignment for me on Monday.
@Sissygrl (10999)
• Canada
10 May 07
I guess employers are used to those type of people who are SLACKERS, so when someone comes along that does their job, they are shocked and get scared! If i was that employer, i'd notice that you did your job well and efficiently, and i'd get rid of one of those SLACKER employee's and HIRE you FULL TIME! That's how it should work.. but.. welcome to reality, it doesn't :( I dont think you can be too good at your job, but i think you can be REALLY under apprietiated!!
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10 May 07
Thanks hun, feeling underappreciated right now. Oh well, let's see what next week brings from the agency
@mahmah (436)
• United States
7 May 07
In a way I have experienced this situation but from the other side. I work in a state office that regularly hires temps to help out. Atleast they used to. We are an office of 13 women. Up until February we had 4 temps and we needed them, they helped us with our extreme (and constant) backlog. In February they decided that all temps were being let go (not just in our office but all over, in most state offices). Half of the temps in my office had been there for four years. And we finally get things under control and they drop the hammer. Needless to say we are worse off now than we were before and guess what, we got our first temp on Friday. Now what sense did that make, we had four wonderful women that did an awesome job. Now we have to start fresh. There is a gonna feeling around the office that the old temps were let go so that they could turn around and hire different ones for less money. I wouldn't doubt it. Don't get me wrong I love my state and I love my job but was thar really necessary?? So I guess my answer to your question is: Yes, it is possible. :) mahmah
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7 May 07
That's probably very true, temps do cost more and a lot of firms tend to let their long-term temps go in order to take on cheaper staff. It doesn't make any sense really, as the long-term temp probably knows more about the running of your office than new staff and can probably do a better job too. Thanks for your response
@djdeep81 (1061)
4 May 07
I've been working in adminstration for almost a year and after my few months at work, my manager pointed out that i'm too good to be doing my job role. But she did not say that i should look elsewhere but instead she offered me temporary promotion. She told me that even i don't know how good i am.
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4 May 07
That's really good for you hun
• United States
2 May 07
definetly.i've noticed many jobs near me,if you are good at what you do where you presently are,they will never advance you.they'll actually hire out before they advance within. i've actually got passed over in favor of someone i trained before..and if that ain't a bite in the butt..
4 May 07
I still can't believe I completed all the work so quickly, and wonder what firms actually expect these days. Perhaps I should have been slower, maybe I would still be there now
@romel_ece (1290)
• Philippines
4 May 07
Yes it is always possible for someone to be considered as being too good at their job.I also salute you my friend for being a good worker and a good typist.Keep up the good work my friend.
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
2 May 07
Not totally an easy question to answer. If by going slower are you cheating yourself? If you get a reputation as being quick and efficient then soon word will get around. You will end up with more work, or one would think so. It could end up that you get a permanent job with a firm that you impressed. Or that firm could recommend you to someone they know. If on the other hand you came home exhausted because you overdid it, then yes slow down a bit and learn to work at a pace that suits you better. I for one like fast and don't know how to type any other way. But I did learn to work in a more easy fashion that served both my high expectations of myself and got the job done satisfactorily as well.
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