Top 5 Most-Hated Types of Gov’t Workers

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Top 5 Most-Hated Types of Gov’t Workers

So you are working at your job as a govie and you get a call from X and all of a sudden you are upset. There are certain jobs that dread fear from other Govies. Here’s my top 5:

1) Auditor – Hi, I’m calling from GAO or Inspector General and I’m auditing your program. For most folks, this sounds like a nightmare. Please, please, can you go away?

2) EEO – Hi, I’m calling from Equal Employment Office and we’ve had a complaint about you (or someone in your division) Please, please, can you go away?

3) Lawyer – Yeah….on your project, I’m hear to tell you 10 reasons why you can’t do that. I think you may have forgotten about these 10 statutes that are in lawyerese that prevent you from doing that. Here’s 10,000 pages to go
read.

4) IT Security – Hi, I’m calling from IT Security as I see some suspicious web traffic on your machine. You read a blog? How does that relate to work? Sir…it’s the White House blog. I think it’s ok.

5) Staff Member of an Elected Official: Hey, can you do X,Y and Z and oh yeah can you do them by tomorrow. Not to mention a lot of times these things are out of jurisdiction and or not applicable to your agency.

What do you think? What Govies do you dread hearing from?

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Also here are some other top 5’s of mine:
Top 5: Ways to Get Your Next Gov’t Job
Top 5: Best Places to Have a Government Job
Top 5: Worst Places to Have a Government Job
Top 5: Places to Network at Work
Top 5: Gov’t Shows That Should Exist
Top 5: Things I Wish the Boss Did
Top 5: Ways to Tell a Contractor Apart From a Govie
Top 5: Signs You Need A New Job

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Profile Photo Tricia

Surprised (happily) to see HR isn’t on the list. I can think of plenty of people who would think otherwise! People forget we are here to help – management AND employees…

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Profile Photo Sam Allgood

White House Chief of Staff: Why did you make that comment to that reporter. Yes, he was a reporter. How soon can you be here? We’ll send an escort.

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Profile Photo Marco Morales

Short fuse requests from a high-ranking, visibility official, as in No. 5. I wouldn’t use the word “hate” because it is such a strong verb. I would tend to use “you need to be more considerate and plan ahead before you drop your bombs…” as an alternate choice of words.

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Profile Photo Stephen Peteritas

Number 3 is the worst I think. Cooking up a go idea to get shut down! Once I deem something awesome in my head it’s hard to shake out of there whether it’s legal or not.

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Profile Photo Henry Brown

Expanding a bit on number 5

regular” short fuse requests from “management” with no or minimal effort provided to explain the reason for the deadline of “yesterday

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Profile Photo Terrence (Terry) Hill PHR

Great list! Thanks for keeping HR off the list. I also agree that number 3 is the worst. All of these watchdogs have good intentions, but end up destroying innovation and creativity, which is so critical to excellence!

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Profile Photo Brian Gryth

Hey the Lawyer’s are just doing their jobs. Unless you all like going in front of congress and saying “on the advice of my counsel, I am taking the fifth.” Lawyers are trained to be risk managers and to interpret laws. If you have a problem with what they tell you, change the law! (Yes, I am a lawyer and I hate narrow minded lawyers and over strict interpretation of the law). Lawyer can also be your best friend.

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