Many federal employees are feeling under attack. The never-ending series of budget “crises” and the unrelenting negative publicity aimed at federal employees becomes demoralizing to the average worker just trying to do their job. The sequestration, pay freezes, budget cuts and the incipient furloughs add to the oppressive environment that many workers inhabit.
That disenchanted atmosphere was documented in the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which found that at many agencies more than half of all employees are considering leaving. Many employees are faced with the prospect of being expected to do more work for effectively less pay. Some may face disciplinary actions, should the fail to achieve their “objectives,” and leaving their current position may seem the only way to improve their situation.
According to a former OPM executive, “Employees are unhappy with the lack of pay raises and the constant fed-bashing that they read and hear about every day in the news media, and are expressing their desire to leave these situations.”
Management in many offices is under pressure to meet their goals, often with fewer employees and fewer means of achieving it, such as overtime or incentive compensation. This often leads to the unpleasant endgame where managers apply increasingly coercive means to extract more work from employees.
If you feel as if you are being measured by increasingly unrealistic demands, or have been subjected to changed measurements of your job performance, and if this has resulted in any adverse job actions, you may want to speak with an attorney focused on federal employment law.
Source: Federal Times, “At many offices, half of staff think of leaving,” Andy Medici, April 14, 2013