Monday, June 23, 2008
Marissa Pretto, Treasurer
Young Government Leaders
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The fact that these employees had volunteered to live and work in such austere conditions immediately displayed a certain level of motivation in my eyes. These men and women are vigilantly working alongside our members of the Armed Forces to ensure the mission is accomplished. From the moment I landed, I found myself working 12-13 hour days just trying to understand the dynamics of the mission and some of the tasks the organization was trying to accomplish. It appeared as if they were trying to complete so much with such limited resources, yet somehow managed to get them done.
What also surprised me was how much more money contracted personnel made in these high threat areas. They would make two or three times more than the average Fed, have much of that tax free and enjoy plenty of perks. Taking all of this into account, I realized that these Federal employees believed in public service and were dedicated to the mission. They had a vested interest in seeing their organization succeed and the mission accomplished. The operations tempo is always high in Southwest Asia and many Feds in the theater, similar to our Armed Forces, are away from their families and work long hours for 6 or sometimes 7 days a week. I hope others will take note as this experience speaks volumes about our deployed Feds/Service Members and the kind of people who are dedicated to the mission and their country.
Shaun Khalfan, Strategic Planning Committee
Young Government Leaders
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
As part of the GSA program, twice a year, the agency brings together all the “interns” (full time employees that are on a 2-3 year career track and rotate throughout the agency) for a week of professional development. All 80 or so individuals get together in a L’enfant Plaza Conference room and look forward to a week of lecture, interaction, and socialization away from the cube. I, for one, think this is a great experience. Each of us has the opportunity to network with employees, find out what others are currently doing in their rotations or tracks, discover previously unearthed information about the agency that you had no idea about, and gain leadership skills - all at the same time!
Does your agency organize conferences like this for young employees? Do they have team building training opportunities? Are there other avenues that your agency builds on employees’ relationships or morale?
YGL Social Networking Chair