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When your manager asks you to perform a task and you don't have time to do both that task and everything else you've committed to, tell him that. You can inform him of your workload and still be respectful. Try something like, "Sure boss, I'd love to do X, but I've already committed to do Y and Z, and I don't have time to do all three. Which tasks should I ...


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Full disclosure. My father, my uncle, my brother, and I have all worked for the government. The best approach to a government job is simply to keep your political opinions to yourself. When I worked for one agency, I stopped posting on social media, and stepped down from a moderator position on a political board. The office politics are complicated by the ...


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a salary study showed we lagged behind 20% other localities starting salaries This is simple, the real answer is you need to get your resume prepared, find another job, and then leave your current employer. Based on my experience, the government sector has never paid what the private sector will for comparable skills. Also, most governments lag behind ...


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No, it is not unethical. Do you think the company would have any qualms about firing you or laying you off if it were advantageous to them, even if it were very inconvenient for you? You could give up this chance to start your masters, tell them about it, and they might let you go tomorrow because that's what makes sense for them. They wouldn't think twice ...


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This first part is ALL you. You're complaining, but how many breaks do you take each workday? I'm guessing that it's zero. Eating lunch at your desk -- who made the decision to stay and work through lunch? And maybe, just maybe, you're working overtime after everyone else has left for the day -- who made that decision? Look in the mirror. If you are ...


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Be nice to him, patient. He has enough problems and deserves respect for trying and not blowing up with frustration every day. Limitations like this are usually well known when hiring and they're not really expected to perform very well. Make him as useful as possible, just don't expect him to do anything unsupervised, however simple. So obviously don't ...


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Since you're with the state and under budgetary constraints and locked in pay grades for your title, the only way for you to address this is with a title change. Each state has a list of job titles. NJ for example http://www.state.nj.us/csc/seekers/jobs/title/ research a job title that fits your roles but pays more and ask what would need to be done to ...


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In the US, political views are largely protected by both state and federal law, e.g., see this page from the EEOC. Generally, if you keep your personal views to yourself and don't allow personal beliefs to impact your ability to conduct your work, you will have no trouble. This is true for both private and public sector employment. Some things to keep in ...


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Try something else than writing the instructions into his phone. If he forgets where to bring the printing paper and tries to look it up in the phone, he gets distracted and cannot remember what he wanted to do. Try something like always writing the instructions on a (red or yellow, some bright color) piece of paper. Maybe he is able to learn that if he ...


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Just for clarity's sake, DoD Secret is not a Top Secret clearance. Those are separate levels of restricted access. Additionally, requiring an "active" clearance means you must already be cleared for classified work. Most companies can hire someone without a clearance, if it's obvious they will be able to obtain one, but they will almost always ...


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I don't think ethics is the primary concern. You need to consider what you can get from your Master's degree compared to what you can get with a security clearance. An active security clearance is worth a lot in software engineering. As a 20 year professional, I have had one coworker with a Master's. As a former holder of a security clearance (TS/SCI) prior ...


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Get a spreadsheet started that lists all the projects you're working on. On mine, I keep track of who requested the project and when, involved parties, a priority level, current status (if you're reworking a project or waiting on something from someone, put it here or create a notes section), and an expected completion date (or # of hrs required to finish ...


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It is also hard to get fired from a State Government job. Tell him flat out you cannot get the work done in that amount of time. If he tries to fire you or put you on a PIP (Performance Improvement Plan) he will (well should) have to prove you are under performing and compared to your peers you are not under performing.


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Having gotten and let expire a few clearances over the years, I can answer a few of these. Once you are given the clearance, it is yours, you are the one cleared, not the company. If you are not offered a position, but were granted the clearance, you will be able to apply at other positions with the same clearance requirements. The new FSO will just "...


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I've worked in state and federal positions for about a decade now. Some of those roles have brought me close to elected officials, so I can speak from a bit of experience. Should your political views match those of your bosses? If your position is a government position and you are hired as a staff member, then your political views will be largely irrelevant. ...


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As GGMG said, most drug tests are taken in private. If a urine test is not possible, there is always a hair follicle test, or a blood test.


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Look up, not down So Mister Positive has a very good answer of "go get a new job." Its positivity may be dubious, but never forget that that is the one power an employee always has over their employer. Now if that isn't the answer you are looking for, look up. Look at what other people are trying to do, and how you might be able to help them do it. Have ...


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As the others have said, no it is not unethical, however; you are likely short-changing yourself long-term if you don't maintain the clearance. Cleared professionals tend to make a premium over non-cleared professionals. Additionally, you basically have lifelong job security with this one credential. Ageism is a real thing, especially in tech. A ...


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However, is there an alternative solution to this problem that I am not considering? Government employees are usually hard to fire. As a matter of policy, it is usually difficult to fire government employees as the process is lengthy and complicated. As a result; your chances of getting summarily fired for making requests is extremely low. Managers in ...


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I would suggest your friend start by reframing what happened. Your friend was not demoted, and even more so your friend was not demoted for a political reason. Your friend's department was eliminated. This is a thing that happens in both public and private sectors. Sometimes (rarely) it's because the people in the department aren't doing their jobs well. ...


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I think I can justify a starting salary at step 8 which is about 25% more than the initial offer. Realistically, I would accept a starting salary at step 5 which is about 13% more than the initial offer. How should salary negotiations for positions with a fixed pay scale be handled? Reply to the email (in person if possible, by phone if not) ...


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Background: I am mildly autistic (Asperger's syndrome), and am raising a child with a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) The best way to deal with this situation is to find out more about the nature of your family member's coworker and what the specific limitations are. Due to the various forms of neurological conditions and their different treatments, ...


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Thank you for encouraging me to take on a permanent role. It means a lot to me that you think so highly of me. I truly enjoy the people and the work, however, after a lot of thought, it makes more sense for me to remain a contractor. Show your appreciation you were considered and encouraged to take the role. Let them know that you enjoy the work and the ...


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As a probation officer by trade, our department dealt with a handful of offenders with shy bladder (and, yes, it is a very real condition). We offered those select few a "lollipop" test. It's an oral swab that you suck on for about fifteen minutes. That's it! These tests are highly reliable and are similar to buccal swabs. I would suggest: Google "drug test"...


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how important is it (during the hiring process and in the work place) to have the same views as the elected official of the government you are working for. Are they pretty hardcore on making sure you have the exact same political views as them? It depends almost entirely on the position, and the part of government in which you would work. Some roles are ...


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Since Richard nicely covered that this likely won't be an issue, this answer will just assume it may be. https://www.drugs.com/article/drug-testing.html states that: Certain laboratory procedures may require direct visual observation while the specimen is being voided. To your question: How can I handle this if I'm required to take a drug test? ...


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Based on the wording of the policy specifically referencing that "an employee has received an offer from another employer" I would never mention prior to the point that you have an offer in your hand. Doing so would be risky, since you'd be exposing the fact that you're shopping around prior to having an actual firm commitment from another employer. The ...


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It would depend on the skill and the exact duty, but if you've been doing a job for 4 years that requires you to do it even for 25% of the time, I'd call that 4 years of experience, and emphasize you have 4 years. The hiring manager might have different ideas, but it's up to you to sell it.


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It varies. Also, I believe that you are looking at this wrong. First, laws about taking breaks and what breaks they have to offer you and overtime and so forth depend on what kind of employee you are, and what state you're in. Unfortunately, I couldn't give you exact details on this even if I did know all of the pertinent information. I am not a lawyer. ...


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I agree with the other answers that it is not unethical, however there is another tack you could consider. Given the economic uncertainty with Covid 19, the company may welcome the opportunity not to pay you for a year while you do your masters, and then re-employ you as someone they already know and who already knows their systems as the economic situation ...


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