Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Not that there was much gossip of interest today--the only thing that came out was that the Director is a workaholic who assumes that if you're an employee who's been unlucky enough to be put on an electronic tether (aka the Crackberry) you're prepared to answer that thing 24/7. I got the distinct impression he thinks people shower with their smart phones so they can respond instantly to texts, e-mails, you name it. Once again I found myself thinking there are times when it pays to be low in the food chain. I like my job, at least most of the time, but it's not my life.
The other hot topic was the impending government shutdown. The overall feeling is that it will happen, it will be followed by passage of a spending bill that includes massive funding cuts, those cuts will affect LNA, and there are going to be significant problems down the road. It's hard to say just where those hits will occur, although my personal preference would be for LNA to start jettisoning some of the contractors we use. I've never been able to figure out how any agency can justify paying contractors more per hour than a direct employee would receive for doing that same job, but I see it happening all the time at LNA -- so much for the ideology of the marketplace that claims the private sector can do everything and anything cheaper and more efficiently than federal employees.
As for teleworking, I would love to have the chance to try it. Our manager is not a fan -- she's turned down numerous requests in the past -- but she may no longer have a choice. It used to be a case of the employee having to justify why he or she should be allowed to telework; the new policy (effective any day now) will be that the managers will have to justify why not. It's a notable shift in perspective, and should increase the numbers of people working from home considerably.