Today is my last day as a contract employee. Tomorrow, I become an ‘actual’ employee at the company I work for. (Assuming I don’t really screw something up today…)
My job itself will not change (still part time, still working from home) except for some obnoxious things like my email address and internal IDs. Hopefully, things will transition smoothly and tomorrow I will be able to access everything that I can today.
At first I didn’t think I would care if I was a contract employee or a ‘full-fledged’ employee. However, now that I have officially been hired, I think my mind is changing.
Why I Am Glad I Won’t Be A Contract Employee Anymore
After going through the process of filling out forms and digging out my birth certificate to prove I am alive, I started thinking of reasons why I will prefer to be an actual employee, such as:
- Paid time off (So happy about that!)
- Increase job stability. (Maybe? You never know)
- I won’t have to wonder if my contract will be renewed every six months or a year.
- No more thoughts about ‘opportunity cost‘. Since I could work as many hours as I wanted, I always thought about how much it cost me in lost wages when I went out to lunch or ran errands. Now, I can happily go out to lunch and not think about it.
- Increased career options. As a contractor, I was pretty much stuck in the same job, and if that group didn’t need me anymore, my contract would just end. As an employee, I will have the ability to apply for positions throughout the company if I chose to.
What I Will Miss About Being A Contract Employee
- Getting paid for every hour I work. My employment agreement is part time: 20 hours a week (my choice). I am sure that I will be putting in more hours than that at times, and I will miss being compensated for those extra hours.
- Being left alone. As a contractor, nobody cared about me. I just did my work and the contract house would call every once in awhile and say hello. I kind of liked that. I know that it sounds terrible that I like to be left alone, but I really don’t want to go to mandatory training about things I have no interest in.