The Temp Had Been There For 4 Years While A New-Hire Got A Promotion In 6 Months. This Is Why…

Seeing others around you being promoted, getting raises, and not really deserving it is enough to make anyone feel bad about themselves. The favoritism that permeates the workplace is sometimes just too big to overlook. Well, one man decided to do something to change the life of a fellow employee, and people are praising his efforts.

About 15 years ago I was working at a manufacturing plant. One of the guys on my station had been working there for 4 years as a temp already, while I was hired from temp to full time in just 6 months.

I asked him why he hadn’t been moved to full time by now and he tells me it’s because he doesn’t have a diploma or GED. He has two kids at home and a third child on the way.

I considered scanning in my GED—you know, photoshopping it to change it to his name and photograph. I knew I could’ve made it easy for him to get the job, but I knew it would be illegal and it wouldn’t be right.

So instead, I enrolled him into night classes. God knows I had the money for it and I’m not the kind of person to blow it all on booze or expensive tech. On free days, I would help him study for his exam. It wasn’t hard—it was just high school stuff, after all—and he had the chops to get his GED. He just hadn’t had the motivation or anyone who cared about him.

Three months later, he sat for his GED exam (it was just in time) and aced it.

He took a copy of his newly minted GED certificate to HR one morning after being a temp there for ages and told them I’d helped him get to where he was. He was hired on as a full time employee within two weeks.

Working 4 years as a temp while everyone else around you keeps getting hired on full time (which gave a 3 dollar per hour raise, insurance, paid time off, sick days, paid holidays, etc) is messed up. I had to do something to help him, especially since he had two (soon to be three) children to provide for.

So I’d say I did good.

Is it fair that someone could be passed over for a job that they are extensively qualified for…all because they lacked a piece of paper? While that bit is up for debate, the point of this story is the man’s willingness to take time out of his day to encourage someone else, and that is a touching and inspiring thing.


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