High turnover for American employees

By: 
JORDAN GRIBBLE

Gribble and bits

Help Wanted: Semiknowledgeable individual for high-ranking government position. Job Description: Well, that all depends. One day you may be serving as our nation’s CIA Director, the next you may be on a plane traveling to Zimbabwe on a diplomatic mission as Secretary of State. Flexibility a must! Salary: Variable, but you’ll almost certainly receive a robust severance package when you’re inevitably fired anywhere between six months and a year from date of hire. Management: You’ll be working under a particularly mercurial supervisor. Don’t be surprised when you’re completing a task for him only to find that he’s completely changed his mind and directly contradicted your work! Prerequisites for Hire: Only a passing knowledge of your job’s subject area, the ability to “massage” the truth, proficiency in Twitter. Job Length: It’s anyone’s guess. Dropping the comedic pretense or a second, what exactly is going on with our country’s leadership structure? Do you know? Because I can’t, for the life of me, figure it out. As you’ve probably already heard, Rex Tillerson, our country’s Secretary of State, was ousted Tuesday. Allegedly, Tillerson found out about his newfound unemployment status via Twitter as the president had taken it upon himself to announce it there early that morning. CIA Director Mike Pompeo was handpicked by Trump to replace him.

Gina Haspel, the former Deputy Director of the CIA was chosen to replace Pompeo. She’s the first woman to ever hold the position, which is great in and of itself. Though, who knows what will happen there. She’ll either be fired or promoted to the vice presidency within the year.

If I remember correctly, during his campaign our president vowed to run this country like he would run a business. I’m sure a great many people voted for him hoping he’d do just that. Who doesn’t want a country that is run efficiently, without waste, that makes money? But, what we’ve gotten instead has been more like how one would run a poorly managed carnival. There’s workers there but yet they don’t seem to know what’s going on, and if you visited two days in a row you’d be unlikely to see the same person running the cotton candy booth twice. I want all of you to think for a moment. All of you out there who either own a business or are employed by one – would you work for a business like this? Would you be able to run your business in this way? If every day for your employees were a complete and total guessing game not only to what their job criteria currently is, but also whether or not they even still had a job; would anyone work for you?

Real businesses aren’t run this way. They can’t be. If there is this much turmoil in a normal business they’d close their doors in a matter of weeks.

The truth is, it’s hard to find the right team for any organization. But, I would think with the talent pool that United States government has at its disposal, it shouldn’t be this hard to come up with a group of people who know what they’re doing and are able to do it for more than six months at a time. I’m not trying to be hyper-critical of our president. I’d love to believe that there’s some master plan in place, that like he said, he is just hiring and firing employees in an attempt to “reach perfection.” But, after two years in office, perfection has yet to be reached. I wonder if it ever will.

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