Dear all knowing Internet,
Yes, I know its been two weeks since my last post. But after surviving the flooding of Hurricane Irene then Lee, consoling a dying computer, moving to a new apartment, and dealing with a puppy, I have returned to my blog. Don’t worry, I’m still frustrated.
Over the past two weeks, I have shared my blogged with some close friends and family who also work in government. They brought to my attention the repercussions of bringing work place issues (I claim they are universal issues) into the blogosphere.
They mentioned several possible repercussions to me which included being marginalized, micromanaged to the point of insanity, and other nasty things not even the civil service code or public employee unions can protect you from.
So how are we (frustrated individuals) supposed to meet others who share our problems if we aren’t supposed to do it online? Do we accept the risk that a co-worker may read a blog post about something that happened at work that day?
More importantly, how can managers create an environment where people feel they can freely express frustration without fear of reprisal?
I don’t know the answer, but my public management training has taught me that to bring change you have to be brave. Maybe this my form of bravery.
Let me know what you think.
Young and Frustrated