Life Is a Temporary Assignment

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D

May 5, 2020

A few years ago, one of our temporary workers proved to be so effective on the job that the company where he was assigned offered him a permanent position.  The new position involved a promotion, a pay increase, and that most sought after goal of job security.  Unfortunately, before he reported for his first day at work, the internationally-based company made the decision to shut down the production unit where he was to be employed.  The permanent position was not so permanent after all.  

There was a time when people grew up in the same community, attended church and school from first grade through the twelfth with the same group of people, and ultimately got a job at one of the local plants with the idea of working there until they retired.  This scenario is now the exception rather than the rule. In this age of increased technology, mergers and buyouts, none of us, not even major corporations, know what tomorrow may hold.  Life itself is a temporary assignment.  

In today’s highly unpredictable workplace, job security comes, not from your company, but from you and your ability.  Your ability includes more than your initial preparation for the world of work in the form of schooling or training.  To paraphrase John Goodlad, a renowned educator, the well-educated individual easily acquires the skills of a specific workplace when these become necessary.  The well-educated individual is not a certified product, but a human being engaged in acquiring wisdom from each step in life’s journey.  He or she understands that the desired habits for success in the workplace are also the habits for successful living.  

Your ability, and thus your continuing marketability, includes your adaptability, your openness to change and ability to keep on learning and growing, your affability, your ability to relate to others, and your dependability or reliability in good times and bad. Are you taking advantage of your daily opportunities to learn and grow on and off the job? Remember… is a temporary assignment. 


About Lofton: Founded in 1979, Lofton Services offers clients the best of all worlds. We provide the responsive, personal service and flexibility of a small local firm while having the technology, resources, and infrastructure to deliver the benefits of the biggest players in our industry. Lofton Staffing can deliver the right people, with the right skills, right when you need them. Contact us today

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