An interesting, if not obvious, article came across my RSS reader today:
In a survey of 40 federal information executives by TechAmerica and Grant Thornton, 70 percent of respondents said the current two year across-the-board freeze on federal pay and hiring freezes have had an impact on their hiring plans. Pay freezes also have lowered employee morale, caused some staff to leave and are making it difficult to recruit and hire younger staff, respondents noted.
“Compounding the problem is that, as the nation recovers from the recession that started in 2008, more private sector IT jobs are opening up and competing for the IT labor force,” the report stated. “Some respondents say that federal employee bashing, sometimes by Congress, detracts from the attraction of working for Uncle Sam.”
As a state employee, I can say this problem is not limited to those holding federal IT jobs.Doing more with less and getting nothing in return is physically and mentally exhausting.
Is this what government employment has become? A choice between job security and job satisfaction?