I would like to say that today’s town hall meeting was a waste of my time. However, since the team’s website is still not operational, I wasn’t going to accomplish much of anything anyway. Actually, excluding a few random questions, I once again couldn’t get my job done. So, rather than rehash the fact that we still cannot get anything done in my office, I’ll talk about the awards ceremony/town hall.

First, it should never have been made mandatory. Like I said, I couldn’t get anything done, but I know there were many people on the other teams who lost 3 hours of their day (if not more). It’s not like we learned much in this town hall, although it was mildly comforting for them to say that our jobs were safe until at least FY16. I don’t know how much I believe that statement, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt. And I could have told everyone else that they said that.

Second, the awards ceremony was interesting. And by that, I mean really pointless. People got awards for their time in service. Which, when it came to the 40 years, or the 30 years, or even the 25 years, I can understand. But when we are giving awards for 5 and 10 years, I have issues. It just seems to be a waste of time and paper. I was supposed to get a 10-year service award today, but I declined to receive it. It wouldn’t boost my morale, and in fact, by declining the recognition, I probably did more for other people’s morale just by not adding to the wasting of their time. And for the performance rewards, I am pretty sure that I saw the same group of people collect awards for the second time in a row.

I know I posted some of these comments before, but we do seem to do the same things over an over in this government. Why do we make these pointless meetings mandatory? Why do we have to go sit and listen and clap for people who get an award for continuing to show up?

Because, this is the government, and we don’t understand that some people would rather just do their job and be left alone.

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