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  • "...but I think the stakes are much higher next year as well", Salomone said.
    FERS Fed
    Well, great! Thanks for that. My morale is way higher now.
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  • The 'Real Deal'
    marine69
    You're working for no pay if you're 'excepted'...maybe you'll get it (as in 95/96) or maybe you won't! How long can you hold out until it's over? That's the question! Back then, everyone put on a brave front until the second week rolled around...then things got dicey! However, today, the economy really sucks and gas prices are outrageous! Overall commuting costs are sky high! When you're commuting in after the 2nd week, one really wonders what the heck all this is for! The 'business attire' quickly goes out the window because of dry cleaning expenses, with or without management approval, and wash and wear is the name of the game! Restriction on outside employment? Balderdash! People will take care of themselves as before and will work part-time without 'permission'! Don't think so? Then you weren't here in 95/96! The work flow is going to be slowed down tremendously and many days will be spent just idling around! THEN, you'll begin to wonder just what is all this for? Why am I being made a sacrificial lamb and spending possible food and living money to come in to work? The 'non-exempt' people will actually have a better situation by not having to waste money commuting and also be around for near full-time part-time employment! Publish this, Mr Causey, and let the 'uninitiated' know what REALLY is going to happen! No guts, no glory!
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  • Tell me again how to be positive when people will not be able to pay their bills
    Little Professor
    While the government was happy to bail out the auto industry, the banks, etc., there is no one to bail out my employees who will not be able to pay their bills if they don't get paid. Please--tell me how to put a positive spin on this. Tell me how my GS-7 who is single and just started her job in January was supposed to have saved up three months salary just in case this happened. Tell me what to say to the GS-9 whose wife lost her job last year and now will have zero income coming in. All we can hope is that all the tourists who just wasted a whole lot of money to come to D.C. for its free museums, the zoo, ets. change their plans and all go to the Capitol to visit their Congressmen instead....
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  • Morale Busters
    mk01
    The external pressures cited are certainly contributing to poor morale, but we are overlooking at least one (putatively) internal source, as well. I refer to the instructions from above requiring agencies to keep mum about the shutdown plans. Refusing to talk to employees about matters that directly affect them implies they are not mature enough to handle bad news. Did we really need that extra slap in the face?
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