Yes, there seems to be many problems in ‘government’ today as reported in the news. Anyone think that this may be a leadership and a morale issue? When leaders are not empowered to both discipline and reward, bad things happen. When employees are not appreciated or supervised, bad things happen.
What about working smarter and asking our leadership to do the same?
This article entitled Don’t Worry About the Size of Government by Eric Schnurer should be read to the end where it states “Ultimately, smart costs less. You want to cut government? Make it work better.” Wow, what logic!
Federal employees watching porn at work is a leadership/supervision problem. Yes, these employees should be reprimanded.
At the same time, those employees who are going above and beyond in the performance of their duties every day should be awarded.
Neither of these seem to be happening across the federal government today.
Tell me please, if you never expect to be awarded for excellence by your supervisor why bother with excellence. Also, if your supervisor has no real authority to discipline you, why worry about that either.
These issues that you see in the news is really a crisis in leadership and innovation.
I don’t believe federal government managers/supervisors are given the authority they might be expected to have.
Also I believe that today’s new managers/supervisors are not fully trained and competent to handle their responsibilities. Training in the federal government is scarce.
They are also not consistently rewarded for taking risks. Innovation is simply a good word to use now and then.
Leadership and innovation is risky. Neither of these in the federal government is consistently rewarded, particularly not when risk fails.
Look at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an example. Those of us who worked with DHS staffers admired their access to money. DHS seemed to have an unlimited budget. Why in the world would an agency with lots of money have a morale problem?
Money doesn’t solve everything. Leadership sets the tone in an organization.
DHS has a crisis is leadership. Check out this article in the Washington Post.
In the federal government, DHS is not alone in this.
Changing the subject a bit, I find it interesting that civil servants in other countries have the same issues civil servants have here in the U.S. Check out this article. It is difficult to choose to be a civil servant. This choice should be honored.