miss manners: government shutdown edition
October 10, 2013 12:57 PM Subscribe
How can I, a government employee, tactfully field ribs about being furloughed?
posted by anonymous to human relations (38 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a relatively new federal employee (< 2 years) and am furloughed, living in DC. I am planning to visit family for a gettogether over the long weekend (we would have had Monday off) and am expecting some ribbing from relatives who are in another part of the country and unaffected by this, and from initial conversation, not really fully aware of the situation. And knowing my family I i fully expect bipartisan ribbing about "enjoying my vacation" and "oh you'll probably get paid later anyway" -- we're probably 50/50.liberal and conservative.
I'm getting depressed about the situation here. I dont mind thw time off to work on my apartment, and work out, and do some reading, but i am sad that my job now feels meaningless. i questioned taking angovernment job in the beginning andnthis is making it worse. I am PhD trained in a technical science background and have moved into a very policy wonky kind of job, so its hard to explain as is to people (although the larger mission of the agency is relatable I think)
Anyway, as much as I want to let them know that this is seriously crappy, i don't particularly like getting into arguements or political debates with my family, and easily get teary/emotionally overwhelmed in debates of the nature so any 'talking points' or suggestions on how to deal with this are appreciated. Thank you in advance.