Okay, that was a lie, I’m really not. But I certainly seem to be surrounded by quite a few of them!
And disgruntledness (I made up that word) isn’t relegated to the more seasoned employees. It is remarkable how quickly new employees can be indoctrinated into a subculture of doom and gloom. Stop it! As bad as you perceive your career to be, if you have a federal government job, you are very fortunate. Do not take it for granted. I can give countless anecdotes about friends and neighbors with resumes loaded with experience and education that are unable to find jobs. In my neighborhood (anecdote alert!) a young couple with children down the street, both teachers with 10+ years of experience and grad degrees, do not have a job waiting for them at the conclusion of this school year. The jobs they are losing probably pay 50k a year. In contrast, how much is that unhappy, serially disgruntled, GS-12 step 10 in the cube next to you earning? You know, the person who is bulletproof in terms of a RIF, hasn’t worked a 40 hour week since the 1st Clinton administration, earning 8 hours of leave each pay period, 10-11 holidays per year and taking 2-3 weeks of training each year?
Have a great weekend!
This is great! Positive attitudes really make the workplace infinitely more enjoyable for all.
I’m with you Bryan! We need to stop complaining and start contributing. All of the anti-Fed rhetoric will pass, but we’ll still be here performing vital missions for our country. Keep your chins up fellow Feds!