When you work for the government, your life and your career are a bit different from what they would be at other places of business. Let’s look at some of the standout differences experienced by people who work for the government.
Secrecy and Loss of Privacy
Depending on which job you hold with the federal government, expect to have some measure of secrecy associated with it. You may not be able to tell even your family members about the specifics of your work. All the gossips and chatter that people like to share about their job may have to be significantly curbed, and you may have to be careful about what you divulge about your job.
Additionally, you should not expect a lot of privacy at work or in many of your communications. Expect that your email will be read and your phone calls monitored. But remember that this is as much about your own protection as it is that of the government’s. The government is trying to protect its assets, and that includes you.
Stable Working Environment
One of the great benefits about government work is how stable and regular it all is. You can expect to be doing much the same thing every day, and you won’t have to worry about losing your job during a market crash. Even if your department becomes unnecessary or is closed down, the government will typically just absorb its employees and assets into a new department.
Governments are notoriously stable and are much safer career environments than just about any other business. You can expect to be off for public holidays and to be properly compensated for your overtime.
Government bureaus and departments are not apt to replace employees that are working well. The same way you would not replace a vacuum cleaner if it is doing its job, the government isn’t seeking to shake things up that are functioning properly. Your Kogan vacuum cleaner, when it is reliable, is unremarkable. But once it causes problems, then you have to replace it or fix it.
The government will likely take the same action. If you become a problem for them, they will usually try to coach you or correct the behaviour before outright firing or dismissal. This saves them on hiring and advertising costs and makes their workplace more efficient.
There are plenty of benefits to working for the government, but there are some downsides to it as well that many people don’t consider. Lookat your available options and consider whatyou are getting into before signing a contract.…