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Is a government job real work?
Tuesday - 6/26/2012, 2:00am EDT
While I'm on vacation, I asked some regular readers if they would write the column. After all, nobody knows the government better than the folks who work for it. Today's guest columnist, Pat from IRS, calls this 'The Paper Route'. I think you'll like it. I did.
I have worked for the federal government for thirty years — came here right out of college. Although I started young, it was not my first job. See, I was raised by Depression-era parents who believed in employment, even at the earliest of ages.
When folks find out I'm a fed, they occasionally work into their conversation an assumption that I know nothing of "real" work or "real" jobs. I'm always amazed at both their ignorance and willingness to show it. Because I learned at an early age that a job is a job and that all work has certain things in common … first of which is that it really cuts into your free time.
This brings me to my first (and most formative) job — an Akron Beacon Journal (ABJ) newspaper route. Every time I see the ABJ building in downtown Akron, I think of my first foray into the working world. And, from time to time, I think about how much that job had in common with my years as a federal employee. To wit:
- You have to show up — papers and federal services don't get delivered
on their own … Someone has to do it
- You have to grow up — the customer/taxpayer is not concerned about your
day, your feelings or your world view … deal with it
- You have to get the job done — everyone is concerned about the same
thing, their thing … whether it's a newspaper or a Social Security check
- You have to deal with bosses — the ones who pay you and the ones who
just act like they do
- You have to be positive … well actually you don't … but, remember — they don't pay you a dime more to be miserable!
NEARLY USELESS FACTOID
By Jack Moore
Sharing information about yourself online, on social networks such as Facebook, can produce a brain response as powerful as that for food or sex, according to a recent Harvard study. In one part of the study, participants were offered a cash reward for answering factual questions and a smaller award for discussing their own opinions about something (for example: whether they preferred mushrooms on pizza). Even with the smaller award amount, many participants opted to talk about themselves.
(h/t The Age)
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