Thursday, October 12, 2006

Rewarding incompetence....

Today's great deep thought is about people who don't do their jobs yet they are able to not only retain those jobs but they get raises as well! Many people in a government run system do just enough to get by (if that!) and will only do what they believe is in the scope of their job. "Going the extra mile" and "doing what it takes to get the job done right" (and efficiently) is not a part of their vocabulary.

This seems to run rampant in the employment sector of state and federal systems whether they be colleges, prisons or other state/federal offices. There's something about the state/federal system that prevents them from being able to get rid of incompetent people. In the private sector, if you don't do your job, you won't have a job, it's that simple.

In a state/federal system, not only can you not get rid of incompetent people but those same incompetents very often get merit raises. I always believed a merit increase was the result of hard work and going above and beyond the call of duty. Say you have an evaluation and there are three choices for your work performance---exceeds, achieves and below achieves. Below means you're not doing your job, achieves means you're doing your job, and exceeds means you're doing MORE than your job, you are going ABOVE and BEYOND the call of duty. Why do scores of "achieve" being given to those who are clearly below that? And why are these people getting merit increases?

What is the value of a merit increase if it goes to people who don't do their jobs properly? It's about fairness. It isn't right to give it to some and not others. Right?

For anyone who works in a state OR federal organization or institution, you're probably shaking your head "yes" right now because you know exactly what I am talking about.


  1. Anonymous10/13/2006

    After being an employee of University Personnel, I know exactly what you are talking about!!

  2. Hey we may have mutual friends. I will email you! I wonder if that's why you look so familiar Robin!!!

  3. Anonymous10/13/2006

    I sometimes think exceeds is for those who excel in brown nosing. Maybe we don't fully understand what performance they are rating--Work or hinney kissing!--ST

  4. Anonymous10/13/2006

    13 October 2006

    Dear Jessica,

    I am a life long Southerner and have grown weary of the "ignorant, gap-toothed
    redneck stereotype." Joe Ruisi and I are fixin' to put a whuppin' on that image
    with our cartoon strip (

    If you like our cartoons (I'm including some that haven't been published yet for
    your eyes only), I'd like to have you consider telling your Southern friends and bloggers about us.

    Here are the "toons" for you ONLY:

    We're also coming out with a line of T-shirts: "You might be a Yankee (if you call women "guys")
    (if the Ryman Auditorium ain't your opera house)(if you don't know a Pepsi is a Coke)(if you
    say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas)."

    I would love to hear what you think about our effort to raise pride in being from
    the South.

    Deo Vindice,
    Davis Mauldin

  5. Uh-oh....I didn't know a Pepsi was a Coke. Does that mean.......uhhhh......could it be true?????? Am I a.......YANKEE??????????

  6. ROFL Pepsi and Coke are not the same thing!! Pepsi sucks!

    And I call women "guys" what the heck does that say about me LOL? I'm from Florida! And we ALL know Florida is not the "real south" LOL.

    I take pride in my southern/northern heritage.

  7. Anonymous10/13/2006

    Back up a minute girl. Florida is the real south, we have just been invaded by a bunch of sun seeking yankees:) And just for the record Pepsi is Coke. Also, Sprite, Mountain Dew, root beer, ginger ale, Dr. Pepper.... They are all coke. You see the question is, "Do you want a coke?" If the person says yes you then ask what kind to clarify;) I'm not kidding, that is absolutely true and a totally normal conversation around my family.--ST

  8. Hey now you know my momma be one of them there Yankees.... :)

  9. I could add a couple of things to your list. When your spit cup is full, why do you have to throw it out your truck window onto our beautiful country roads? And, why, when it's not hunting season, do you and your spouse and children have to wear your matching camo to Wal-Mart?? Do you not want anyone to see you??

  10. STOP! You're killing me.

    Yes camo out of season for a hunter is not quite fashionable but it's oh so much worse when the whole family does it.

    Remember Garanimals? Yeah ok you get the pic!