Julia Robinson, Entry #5

Article: Young Workers Souring on Federal Careers

October 27, 2013

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/young-workers-souring-on-federal-careers/2013/10/26/32b9f64a-3752-11e3-80c6-7e6dd8d22d8f_story.html

Summary: The recent government shutdown has triggered an already arising issue dealing with employees and their decisions to continue working federal jobs or to break away to work with private companies. Current government employees fear the budget cuts and pay freezes. While working directly for the government is more prestigious than many other positions, other careers offer a, “fast-moving, restless for change, and entrepreneurial” atmosphere. Companies are always looking for the next best thing, which often are brought about by young, innovative employees. So while individuals are seeking more prestigious, but perhaps less stable, jobs for the government, private companies are searching for top employees and are making offers that are almost impossible to turn down. 

Analysis: This issue for current government employees is not only significant for their individual job titles, but also because many of them are supporting a family. When problems arise in the government, such as the recent government shut down, employees are sometimes put in situations that in the long run, affect their personal lives. For example, after being off work for over a week many employees began to stress about their income and their expectations to support not only themselves, but their family. Many people would agree that when raising children, or supporting elder relatives, a steady income is a necessity. Because of this, shaky government jobs are becoming less attractive to people. Private companies are taking advantage of this issue by seeking out potentially strong employees and making them very appealing offers. Employees are beginning to be put in this kind of situation much more often and ultimately must weigh their options based on a working level and a personal level. The way the government continues to run will greatly affect their numbers and ranking of employees. 



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