Fed Coach: Playing Favorites with Fed Workers?

This week’s question comes from an aspiring federal leader who’s feeling constrained by his agency environment. Please continue sharing your questions, ideas and suggestions by commenting below or sending an email to [email protected].

I am a new hire dealing with favoritism in the work place. Trying to compete with the favored employee has resulted in little to no actual work and little chance for career advancement. I have tried to contact upper management (via email) about the situation without response, and my immediate manager is powerless to change the current situation. Should I change departments or stick it out? – New federal employee (GS-7), U.S. Department of Defense

As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to stay in a position for at least a couple of years at the beginning of your federal career. For that reason, I suggest hanging in there a little longer and trying some new strategies.

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Agree – how long have you been in situation? I’d seek out other assignments in your division and network with other team members. I agree in staying in overall position for a couple years at beginning but honestly you can change quickly within that 5-50 person overall division and more than okay