Federal Workforce Morale Is Tanking – But Why Would You Care?
A reliable survey (see here) says that morale in the Federal workforce has been nosediving since 2012. Which sucks for you if you work for the Fed, but other than that, who cares, right? Civil servants should just be glad they have a job, in this economy.
Wrong. Taxes buy civilization, even to this small-government, pro-industry blogger, and our civil servants are the people who bring civilization to our door. It’s literally where the word “civilization” comes from.
If you like your food safe to eat, your tax refund to come on time, your roads safe to drive on, your nation well defended military and diplomatically, your cancer cured because of funded research, your oceans safely mapped for that holiday cruise, your police properly trained, your medicines effective and reliable, our veterans taken care of, disaster aid supplied promptly, electricity at your house, your national parks open and about a thousand other things we take for granted, then low morale in government is your problem too.
It’s not that people with low morale don’t do their work – they do, and we see it every day – but low morale crushes enthusiasm and creativity. Peoples’ spirits sink so far that they stop caring, so far in some cases that they lack the energy to change even though they see the problem, and with that goes the enthusiasm and productivity benefit that makes government cheaper and better.
It’s time we demanded that our civil servants were treated better and no longer used as political footballs between opposing parties who won’t play nicely. The only reason politicians get away with taking out their own inefficiencies on the civil service – sequestration, show trials, blaming – is that we members of the public allow it.
It’s high time we all stood up for our fellow citizens who give us the services that buy civilization.