U.S. civil servants returned to work after a 16-day shutdown. What’s going on with them now? Is everything alright now? Well, let’s see…
Since I am very close to a few federal workers I can give some information on this one. Based on conversations with their colleagues and based on my observations, this is from my standpoint.
– Civil servants are happy and relieved to be back at work. They are now receiving those catch up paychecks. Now bills can be paid and savings accounts can be at least partially restored, until the next time.
– There is a lot of work on their desks that’s already late. There are plenty of missed deadlines.
-Civil servants are now experiencing pressure to work even faster than before to catch up with the work that is late. New work is coming in and late work has to get done, now.
– Morale is still low. Stress is even higher.
– There is yet another looming uncontrollable date, January 15, 2014 when all of this could happen again.
– Budget cuts have already affected agency offices and personnel. People are not being hired to replace those who have retired or those who simply left for other jobs. Somebody has to take over their work. This is nothing new. It’s just getting worse.
– Civil servants still have hope that things will get better. They still work hard and harder. Their pay has been stuck in the same place a long time. There is hope that they will at least get a cost of living increase.
This is my take on things from my standpoint. What’s yours?