Sunday, July 07, 2013

Saved by Jobless Growth

Since 2010 the Department of Budget and Management has lost: An Assistant Secretary to resignation. An operations director to the Office of the President.

Another Two operations director to resignation.  They are now consultants somewhere else. Another operations director to, I am not sure, optional retirement or resignation.  

Is there a really difference, either way they are no longer with the Department.

A Regional Director and Assistant Regional Director optionally retired in succession.  Another Assistant Regional Director resigned.

Within the Division Chief level or the next in line at least 3 was reported to have jumped to other agencies.

Another Division Chief also had opted for optional retirement, and rumors are beginning to circulate that a subordinate aims to follow suit.

That does not include a few dozen others who have taken up the public offer of optional retirement.  All veterans.

To say that the sitting administration has been the cause of the exodus can still be argued as jumping to conclusion.  It is also possible that the Department is experiencing what the US has been experiencing as a retirement wave.

It should have stopped there.

The young are also leaving.  One operations office has lost four to government corporations in less than 6 months.  

And since they are young they remain faceless and without personality compared to those who have left who are already in the management position or are next in line. No one notices how many are leaving.

If they are not leaving at the very least constantly looking out because no one but their contemporaries are talking to them inside.  Who can?  Department training has been in the toilet for many years.  Onboarding programs are unheard of.

If veterans truly did connect with the young there will be more than a few who will give the heartfelt advice for them to look for a better office.

In all this the only communication the Department ever gave is to remind employees 76 percent of DBM find work a Calling. 

That statistic was based on a recently concluded organizational  survey by an independent group who by coincidence is from Ateneo defines calling as: Work as an endeavor one engages in for the satisfaction of doing it, a lofty, nonmaterial goal or a sense of self, and feels highly energizing and fulfilling.

If that does not work, if the statistical 24 percent will not bow down to the 76 who have found their calling then the Administration’s achievements will surely prevent employees from jumping the fence.

And this achievement is called Jobless Growth.