Not everyone appreciated the letter last week from the supervisor who said he fired 11 employes for incompetence and never lost a night's sleep over it. His complaint is that feds live in a dream world because they have too much job protection.
Shortly after his letter appeared, the phones starting ringing and letters came in.
This is what some people wrote to the Monday Morning Quarterback:
"The idiot who wrote . . . bragging that he had fired 11 employes and 'never lost a night's sleep because of it' was wise not to sign his name. What kind of boss could he have been? What kind of human being is he?
"Maybe there are too many job protections in the civil service . . . but this federal government isn't a profit-and-loss business. It is a service and a 'company-owned' operation that draws its top management not from the best and brightest but from the political appointees who are appointed . . . to their jobs by other political appointees.
"It is possible that private industry wouldn't tolerate and couldn't operate efficiently with all the job protections of the civil service . . . . On the other hand it is certain that industry couldn't tolerate and couldn't operate with the kind of revolving door political management the federal employe must put up with." A.E., Washington.
*"In fairness to federal workers . . . who take such a beating from the private sector, let me tell you about my 'private industry' which happens to be a public utility.
"If all the wasted time visiting, wandering the halls and on personal calls was stopped, my company could eliminate half its employes and save its customers millions of dollars. Some clerks have so little to do they work 20 minutes of every hour. Supervisors ignore the wasted time because, in some cases, they are the wasters and, in others, do not want to rock the boat.
"This 'company' has many offices where one high-salaried supervisor has only two employes. The first 30 to 45 minutes each Monday morning is spent comparing notes on weekend activities.
"One level of supervisory pay is based on how many people are supervised, so they would be cutting their own pay if they admitted half their people could be eliminated. Supervisors' merit pay should be based on how much they save the company instead of how much they spend. There is so much 'horsing around' at times it is like working in the main hall of a mental institution." Name Withheld for Obvious Reasons, Washington.
*"If nonfederal workers wonder why civil servants are so defensive, why don't you share with your readers this recent daily bulletin distributed at the Pentagon:
" 'The Army Chief of Staff has directed that all military members be called soldiers. The term soldier has connotations of valor, duty, honor, sacrifice; noble values of a noble profession.
" 'The term service member is a vapid construct which evokes sensing of computer jargon ciphers: or worse: an 8-hour per day employe of the U.S. Government.' " Just a Vapid Civilian Cipher, the Pentagon.
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