One boss I had as an intern restored antique fire trucks in his spare time
Maybe these folks are built to be artists, musicians, teachers, stay at home parents, etc. But we don't value that. Who can blame them for taking the next best option?
I'd love to see the processes I have to follow at work become less asinine, and more streamlined. But I'm certainly not going to begrudge some civil servant for that.
Instead, let's build a society where folks can do what they want, at the pace they want
It's largely not true. These people are doing a job that's necessary, and sure, they might not be doing it in the most efficient way, with the most modern tools, but that's a different problem to solve.
AND, who could blame them?! In our society, a gov job is secure, pays reasonably well, has good retirement options, has pretty good healthcare, and lots of other benefits.
Lots of civil servants I've met have hobbies and other passions they work for.
I work in aerospace, on the private company side, and we have to interact with a whole bunch of Government workers, contractors, and civil servants in order to do our jobs (and to do them safely). From coworkers and others, I constantly hear ragging on the public employees.
"These people are just trying to justify their useless position." "They're just creating red tape so they'll still have a job." etc etc etc.
That's infuriating for a bunch of reasons:
work gripe (minor)
We're sending science up to space. We worked with another company to build the thing. We did 80% of the work and they did 20%. Our companies are about the same size.
Other company is chartering a boat for all employees to watch the launch, and giving them 2 days off to do it.
Our company is telling people to take vacation and buy their own tickets.