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Sunday, June 15, 2014

I think we've got some new rules

As most of you know, there are rules in Temp Town. Up until now, I have posted only six rules. Of course, No. 1 and No. 6 are "They're lying." "They" is the firm, the agency and the client. One or all of them are probably lying at any given moment. It is not in their best interests to tell you the truth, so they don't.

Anyway, as I sat there the other day, being oppressed (see Rule No. 8 below), I realized that there are more rules that need to be codified. So I have done so. Without further ado, our newest rules are:

Rule No. 7: Do whatever you have to do to get a good seat. Your seat is all you have as a temp.
Corrollary to Rule No. 7: If your seat is where someone from the firm will notice you, it isn't a good seat.
Rule No. 8: The firms believe temps will steal the silver given half a chance and treat you accordingly.
Corrollary to Rule No. 8: Behavior by at least some temps largely justifies this belief.
Rule No. 9: Don't agonize over responsiveness calls. The document is or is not responsive -- you have a 50-50 chance of getting it right. If it might be responsive, put it in. Otherwise, put it out and move on. Low numbers are death.
Rule No. 10: Definitely don't agonize over privilege calls. If you think it might be privileged, mark it privileged. Nobody ever got fired for over-privving, but lots of people have been fired for letting a single privileged document get through.
I have no doubt there are more. Someday, they will occur to me.

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