01 Mar Actions Speak Louder than Words
With the US Government job freezes and government shutdown threats that have been going on over the past three years, which has left most of us with a sickening feeling in our stomach, we are weary of positive change any time soon. Personally, I left the government last year as an Investigator with DOL who had over 13 years in civil service to our great nation. However, I was trying to leave the US Department of Labor and transfer to another agency in Washington D.C. for about three years previously. In fact, I was actually going through the process with the FBI when the government wide job freezes began. It was a frustrating time period as a professional, when “administrative” lower level jobs were cropping up everywhere. You get tired of the constant threats of shut downs and budget cuts along the way, which is one of the reasons that caused me to finally resign upon the completion of Masters in Human Resources from Pennsylvania State University in 2014.
The truth is that most companies prefer the “good old boy system” and for the majority of us all to “work for free”. It is all about who you know, not what you know as far as receiving equal pay in the job market we are currently operating under. The ways that this could be better managed is through the elimination and crack down on fraud, waste and abuse across the board. We have to be honest and open with ourselves as leaders or the trend will continue, no matter who is in various public offices across the country.
The majority of big businesses and the government itself, allows so much corruption to happen that it really makes you sick when you look at it from 30,000 feet. This current structure, for the most part, will continue to allow these types of situations to keep getting worse. The government’s action in turn affects the private sector and with the decisions that have been made recently, it is a complete mess for those who are striving to stop the madness.
People are really fighting to provide for their families, as prices increase and their take home pay keeps decreasing, which is a simple economic concept that one does not need an MBA to analyze accurately. It is unethical to just sit here observing what is taking place without a proper call to action. This will only happen with transformational leaders in key places who can combat this negative trend with a completely different outcome. Matter of fact, it is going to take a united commitment to change the tide. In essence, this means that we must start having candid conversations in Washington as we work to stop the corruption and greed that this country has embellished over the years vs. the nation I proudly served in the US Army. Our strategic goal and focus should be to realize our obligation to maintain the highest level of valor in the land of the free and the home of the brave. #America