This Federal worker works through lunch, takes work home, and works on mandated classes on the weekend.
I carry a blackberry and laptop ALL the time.
When I worked in Private sector, for a large consumer products company...our work week was 38.5 hours.
I’m really tired of these articles and the required hateful freeper responses.
And yes, I’m on my lunch HALF-hour while I’m posting.
It must be just awful.
“And yes, Im on my lunch HALF-hour while Im posting.”
“This Federal worker works through lunch”
So you’re not “working through lunch” today, though, right?
Over thirty years of directly working with state and federal 'workers' I can attest that the scenario you suggest is not native to this galaxy.
Why you don't create a tv show called "The Overworked Federal Employee." Get it setup on The Comedy Channel and I'll bet it would become a ratings bonanza.
“I carry a blackberry and laptop ALL the time.”
Good idea. That way you can Tele-not-work from home instead of not working in the office, unless of course you are on a “snow day”.
As if working more hours is what should be striven for in this age of labor-saving technology.
Congratulations on being the one in a million.
Just be glad you didn’t go to Harvard, work for the post office or teach in a public school. They you’d really get trashed!! LOL
Why does he do it, and not change to private sector. Private sector actually prepared him for this job because he was used to this kind of workload in private sector. Plus he enjoys the job, gets a sense of fulfillment out of it, we have to live where we are right now because of family obligations (elder care), close to home 15 minute commute, and good insurance but we pay 1/4 of the insurance costs (policy costs 1200 per month, municipality employee pays 300.)
Good for you.
On the other hand, in our encounters with federal employees, most of us have experienced something like the following:
1. Needing an answer for a farm labor question, I went to the offices of the Wage & Hour Division of the Labor Department in Montgomery, AL. I arrived at the office building where they were renting space at 11:30 AM.
2. I opened the door and was confronted with a sea of desks -- 46 of them, all told -- and every one of them empty. Not a soul in the office. At 11:30 AM. Lunch hour?
3. In the interest of an aroused curiosity, I decided to hang around...wandering thru thee offices, reading the notices on the bulletin boards, etc. Noon came. 12:30 came. 1 PM came...still no employees returning from lunch "hour".
4. At 1:18, the door opened and another person entered the otherwise vacant office. I came out of the "break area" and was greeted with "Whatchudoin' heah? You don't belong heah!"
5. I explained my situation, needing an answer to a farm labor question, and that I had been referred to this office. "He not heah. You gonna haf to leave!" When will he be back? "Dunno. Call'n'ask." There's no answer, what shall I do? "Idunno...notmyprollem...getouttaheah!".
6. At that point, three other "public servants" entered the office. Their demeanor reinforced the suggestion that I wasn't welcome in "their" territory. I left.
7. Subsequently, I was able to arrange a meeting with the supervisor of the Wage & Hour Division of the Labor Department in Montgomery, AL. It was a late afternoon...and about half the desks were filled. In response to my question, I was advised that he couldn't give me an answer -- since he didn't know how the new regulations would be interpreted or enforced. I was advised to make my own decision and be prepared to pay the penalty in the event the regulation was interpreted and enforced differently from my own.
The next time I have to deal with a federal official, I hope it's you -- but my experience is that it will more likely be along the above lines.
Thanks for what you do. A pox on everybody else in the bureacracy.