In the Federal Times, dated April 15, 2013, Andy Medici reported on the latest government-wide employee satisfaction survey, and it showed that many federal employees would rather call it the “employee dissatisfaction survey.”
Medici wrote: “More than half of employees at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Secretary were considering leaving their jobs within a year…. One employee there, who asked not to be named, said he used to love his job as a program manager but wants out as soon as possible because of incompetent management and poor leadership. Mediocrity and bureaucracy seem to be the name of the game…”
The continuing pay freeze and planned furloughs are sending waves of panic through the federal government so that a high percentage of employees are talking about jumping the ship. There may be a federal flight as the more employable employees or considering early retirement or moving to the private sector.
Even though downsizing of the federal government could be a good thing, the loss of the better qualified employees is not the smartest way to get this done. The “Fed Flight” will leave the poorer quality workers behind, making the federal government system worse than ever. The entrenched Senior Executive Service who are to blame for much of the bad work environment will stay behind, confident that they can continue with their incompetent styles without any consequences. Those employees who remain behind will be the basis for a government that is even worse.
And yet, healthcare, military, Social Security, our budget & monetary system, and regulation of American businesses will be under this new federal government, which will become more incompetent and bureaucratic as the better federal employees leave the work force. Almost 690,000 employees from 292 agencies completed the 2012 employee survey, and more than 30% of those polled said they were considering leaving their jobs within a year. The private sector is very volatile right now, so only the best qualified in the government will be able to find jobs on the outside. That translates into a simple mathematical calculation of subtraction, leaving those federal employees who are not marketable.