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Basic Trope: Many people fill a job in a short time.

  • Straight: Alice leaves her job at Trope Co. after two months and Bob gets hired to replace her. He leaves two months later and is replaced by Chuck. Chuck leaves two months later and is replaced by Denise.
  • Exaggerated: Multiple people join, and leave, Trope Co. at a time and nobody lasts longer than a month.
  • Downplayed: Alice lasts a year or so at her job before she leaves and is replaced by Bob.
  • Justified:
    • The job is highly unpleasant, dangerous, designated as contract/freelance/temporary, or some combination thereof.
    • A Pointy-Haired Boss fires people at will.
    • The employees are mostly high school or college students who have to juggle school with work and have to give the former priority.
    • The job is normally a stepping stone, rather than a career path in and of itself. People don't stay long because eventually, they go on to bigger and better things.
    • People normally take this job for the sake of paying the bills because nothing else is available at the moment. As soon as they do find a better job than this "survival job," they're out the door.
    • The company hires people for a few months for its peak season, but after that, it lets most of those new hires go. (For example, a retail store that hires people in the fall for their Christmas rush, and then lets most of them go in late December or early January.)
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  • Inverted: Alice and Bob, as well as all their colleagues, have worked at their jobs for many years.
  • Subverted: Alice is thinking she'll leave her job soon after starting there, but decides against it.
  • Double Subverted: ...then she does leave.
  • Parodied: All new employees at Trope Co. are given pink slips and/or death certificates with their contracts.
  • Zig-Zagged: Some firms hire and rehire for some jobs frequently, others don't; and the rate at which this phenomenon occurs varies by firm.
  • Averted: No characters leave their jobs very soon after starting them.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Listen up, rookie: a lot of people have done this job before you and many more will do it after you."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited:
    • Alice works for a temp agency. She takes short-term assignments, some lasting as little as one day.
    • Sara gets hired at Trope Co., but she goes there only to pad her résumé and has no incentive to work too hard because she knows she'll just be replaced soon anyway.
    • Advertisement:
    • The Mean Boss uses this to save on wages.
    • The company finds it's cheaper to keep hiring temps than it is to fill the position permanently.
    • The company makes the work environment so miserable that employees will want to quit (or can be fired for the tiniest infractions), so they don't have to pay for unemployment compensation.
    • The company hires on a seasonal basis: it's understood that once the peak season is over (Christmas season for retail, tax season for tax companies, or the end of summer for "summer jobs" such as lifeguarding or working at an ice cream parlor that's only open seasonally), the majority of those new hires will be laid off.
    • Alice is a teacher, who does not get paid during the summer months when school is not in session. She starts looking for temp work (either on her own or through an agency) that she can do in between when school lets out in mid-June and when it starts up again in late August or early September, so that she can pay her rent and bills in the meantime.
    • Alice works as a "per diem" nurse. She gets a flexible schedule, and the hospital saves on benefits and such, and has someone they can rely on to float to different departments, or fill in if a full-time or part-time nurse can't make it for his/her shift.
  • Defied:
    • Bob goes to work every day and acts with utmost professionalism and it never occurs to him to leave.
    • Bob would like nothing more than to leave his job, but he can't because it is his only meaningful source of income.
    • A Benevolent Boss makes the job safer and more pleasant.
    • Bob doesn't leave even though he really wants to, at least until he has something else lined up, because he knows that this job is a stepping stone to bigger and better things. (And he also knows that leaving without something else lined up looks iffy to potential employers, arguably worse than being fired.)
  • Discussed:
    Alice: I want job security.
    Bob: There's no job security at Trope Co.
  • Conversed: "I've had a job like that."
  • Implied: A succession of extras is seen performing a job.
  • Deconstructed: Productivity falls at Trope Co. because the revolving door of employment keeps workers from becoming truly good at their jobs.
  • Reconstructed: ???
  • Played for Laughs: Work Com
  • Played for Drama: People die on the job at Trope Co. too often, but nobody bothers to change things however urgently and obviously change is needed.

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