Less than forty-eight hours to inauguration! But before then, I don’t want to let MLK day and the National Day of Service slip past unnoticed. As a federal government employee, service is at the core of my work. And yet, as several participants at a recent Federal Government Workers for Change meeting underscored, the image of federal government workers to many Americans is often anything but that of service. What’s going on? What are your thoughts on this point? What constructive suggestions do you have to improve the image of federal employees?
One person in the Washington area suggested that, in addition to the service activities some of us have signed up for on January 19, federal employees introduce themselves as government employees (or retired govt. employees, or however you wish), to five visitors from out-of-town who look lost (or even those who don’t look lost). Welcome them to our nation’s capital, and ask if they need assistance. In other words, we don’t have to be part of the “official” inauguration volunteer corps to welcome visitors.
I like this idea. It’s a small step, but it gives us an opportunity to present government with a human face, and to perform an additional act of service.
Let me know how it goes!