As a federal worker, I have always tried to go beyond the call of duty when doing my job. I think this goes for the majority of my co-workers. We often come in early, work through lunch, and even stay late to get the job done. Most of us are extremely conscientious about getting our work done superbly and well ahead of schedule. However, with the forced furloughs on the horizon, don’t expect this continue.
Yes, we could carry on like good soldiers through the furlough, but we will not. Sorry, but we ain’t no soldiers. If Congress, the president, and the American people want us to continue at our current level of performance, they are going to have to let us work our full complement of hours and pay us our full salaries. Otherwise, they will get exactly what they pay for – no more, no less. At 32 hours a week and 80% of our salaries, I don’t think they are going to like what they get from us.
We will not begin work one minute before our work day is supposed to begin. Nor will we work one minute beyond the point when our work day is supposed to end. We will not be available on weekends, period. We will provide acceptable output by the assigned deadline. But don’t look for the quality to be too much above what is acceptable and don’t expect work to be completed well before any deadlines. As long as we are on furlough status, we cannot and will not go above and beyond the call of duty.
Sorry about that, but this thing wasn’t our idea. By placing almost the entire burden of the latest budget cuts on the backs of federal workers, Congress and the president have inadvertently set something in motion that’s going to inconvenience and anger the entire American public. Don’t complain to us; complain to Congress.