The morale in the office is not as high as it used to be. Here we are just coming back from being furloughed over the summer and the threat of more furlough days has everyone on edge.
What kind of edge?
—The don’t mention the headlines from this mornings news, I’ve heard enough, I’m eating Top Ramen to save money on lunch, going to start looking for jobs in the private sector type of edge.—
Every few days leadership sends out a mass email calling themselves providing a status update on where we are and how fit into the puzzle of the what I like to call the “Battle at the Capital” (BATC). At the end of every message, they always reminds us to “be kind to your fellow employees”. Reminding us that this is a troublesome time for everyone and that counseling is always available.
I’m sorry, but there’s no amount of counseling that would make up for what is going down at the capital. When you start messing with my money or even if I think there is a possibility that you are about to mess with my money….I’m not going to be a happy camper.
I choose not to let my work ethic crumble and I continue to perform my duties at the same level as before all of this started.
But as the as the BATC continues, I can’t help but wonder if it’s time to jump ship and apply for jobs in the private sector.
Leaving the federal government does not guarantee my happiness or that nothing economically catastrophic would happen to the private company that would lead to me being let go. Which at the point we are at could very well happen in a few days as we approach the debt ceiling limit.
If you were in this situation would you leave the federal government and work in the private sector?