If so, how did you go about it?
I've worked in the same private school for some years now as an English teacher through a dispatch agency. My agency is actually pretty good. They pay well and have been very supportive. The school itself is also pretty good. So, today was bonus day at school and all the staff at my school get handed their bonus slip and information. Now, it's one of those things that shouldn't bother me, but whenever this day rolls around in recent times, it does…a little bit. Basically, because I'm reminded that I'm not a member of staff there after several years there. I can sort of get past that, but what really grinds my gears more is that even the Chinese teacher who only works a few hours a week there is a direct hire and is in on the bonus action too.
About a year ago, the head of the English dept asked me if I'd like to become full-time there. I said I would be interested, but then he mentioned that the school's director would put a 5-year limit on my employment there. The previously mentioned Chinese teacher told me that they were told there's no such limit forced on her, so I felt this was a bit disheartening, to say the least. I said that's not exactly ideal, but I might still be interested if the offer is still on the table come January this year. Well, January came and that whole thing seemed to fizzle out and never got mentioned again.
I'm wondering whether it'd be worth bringing this subject up again though. The English dept head teacher has since changed and I dunno how the new one would be if I asked about this. I guess it's just the bonus day-reminder thing happening again making me feel a tad unappreciated. I'm not necessarily complaining because I'm grateful to have a job and I've no complaints about my dispatch company. They've always been solid to work for, but I can't help but feel that being a direct hire would definitely improve my job and financial security. Not to mention when bonus day rolls around, I wouldn't feel so awkward. I dunno. Would pursuing this further be worth my time and effort?