I've seen this work. Recently. Allow me to give you a little personal vignette. You all know that I work for a private aircraft charter. It's a family bussiness, and a rather small operation, employee wise, for the number of top name clients. You also know that back in November, Dianna, my counterpart, fell ill with cancer. We work the front desk. Well, the owners needed a temp to fill her spot. And so the drama begins.
We called a temp agency and they sent a girl. Girl A worked a whopping 3 days, before the owner came in and saw her. Girl A was admittedly, quite large. She didn't fit into the office chair. However, she presented herself well. The owner had the office manager get rid of her. The next day, a new girl from the agency. Girl B. I didn't see girl B but I was told she looked very masculine and needless to say, she was released after 1 day. Girl C never showed up, so the owners called and told them they wanted "someone pretty who would flirt a bit with the pilots." We got Girl D, The Temp from Hell. She lasted until just recently. And not because she was a good employee. From day 1 she started stuff with me and several other employees. She practically molested our line service and pilots, and she was too busy trying to get one of them to sleep with her to do her job. But, Girl D was pretty. (In fact just last week a line guy told me that another one of them said that we in the office hated her becuase she was pretty and we weren't.
, Maybe we would have liked her if she had done her job!) And she stroked the ego of the owners son by flirting shamelessly with him in front of his 2 year old daughter. Anyway, she pulled all sorts of stuff, like not showing up on time, ect. They finally canned her because she was sobbing all over the front desk about having to move and telling all our clients this huge sob story and just being so unprofessional they couldn't overlook it any further. So we got Girl E. I never saw her, she was let go before I got to work for looking too plain. Girl F was too tall and manly, and Girl G walked out. Girl H was the last the agency had and she was let go on Thursday for being too frumpy.
We have gone through 8 temps in 5 months. It's absolutely ridiculous. The rest of us are standing around wondering why were hired and if we are going to be canned if our makeup isn't perfect or our hair isn't curled correctly! I understand we have clients who we need to impress, but really, this is ridiculous!