The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

February 2, 2011
Blog Back: What should government expect from employees?

Blog backs review your thoughtful and provocative online comments, amplify points, answer questions, correct our mistakes and humbly accept your warranted criticism.

Our recent poll on what state workers expect of their government employer sparked plenty of discussion. We were particularly struck by one comment that turned the question around.

Jan. 31 Poll: What do state workers expect?

Please keep one thing in mind Jon, expectations are a two-way street. If the State lowers the expectations of the people who work for it, the State better be prepared to reap the consequences and swallow the hard pill of expecting less from the worker. You can't change the time tested adage "you reap what you sew (sic)."

A fine, concise comment -- and fodder for this new poll:

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Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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