Today’s guest blogger is Scott, who’s sharing his personal journey to become a govie, and why the IRS is his employer of choice.
My name is Scott, I am a tax professional and I also have a disability. As a tax professional in private practice, I was working countless hours at the office, especially during tax season. My disability made it extremely difficult to travel to and from work each day, work long hours, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Recently, I made a decision to apply for a position at the IRS – primarily because of their policy promoting a healthy work-life balance. I was delighted to be offered a position as a tax law specialist.
The work is rewarding and I still work very hard, however the work hours are reasonable and I now have time to pursue other interests and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
As an employee with a disability, I was initially concerned that I would have difficulty adjusting to the IRS. My concerns were quickly set aside as I experienced the IRS culture which embraces employees with disabilities. My managers have been very supportive and accommodating to my special needs.
In particular, the IRS offers flexible and alternative work schedules that allow me to maintain a healthy work-life balance and accommodate my special needs as well. Under the telework program, I am able to work from home several days a week. Working in the comfort of my home has proven to make me a more productive and happier employee.
Other flexible work schedule programs are available such as the maxiflex program which allows an employee to begin work at a flexible time.
There’s also the IRS Alternative Work Schedule, which allows employees to work longer days and have additional days off.
Applying for a position at the IRS was a great decision for me. The reasonable and accommodating work schedule has allowed me to pursue a healthy work-life balance. I encourage anyone with similar goals – especially people with disabilities – to apply for a position with the IRS.
What made you choose public service over private sector employment?
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