Blog author: jballor
Monday, February 12, 2007

Travis Sinquefield at Disorganizational Behavior examines this Washington Post article on new parts of an annual survey given to government workers.

Among the new statements the employees were asked to evaluate was this: “Pay raises depend on how well employees perform their jobs.” Only 22 percent of the respondents agreed with this statement, while 45 percent disagreed (25 percent were neutral).

John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said that a performance-based system of rewards would not work in the federal system, in part because “most federal workers don’t trust a system by which they would be compensated or receive raises based on how they are judged on their performance by their managers.”

As Travis observes, it says something bad about “a workplace and its management if the employees don’t trust their managers to give honest, objective performance reviews.”

Your tax dollars are at work to ensure, to use the words of Clay Johnson III, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, that “every employee, from unsatisfactory to outstanding, gets the same annual raise.”

  • Chip

    It is the new American mindset: “I have a right to something because I need it.” The concept of “earning” a living is dying among a growing number of Americans. More and more workers think they are entitled to a paycheck because they need the money and their employer is obligated to provide it. All they have to do is warm a chair.

  • Vaclav Venc

    If it is *a new* American mindset, you can do something about it and (perhaps) iprove the situation. It depends on the percentage of the new mindset.
    Here in Europe, however, it is very very old and inherent way of thinking and handling life. Therefore, for EU, no change, no hope within sight.