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Life’s tough at the top

By neanderthalsis - 14 March 2008 23

Totally unconfirmed rumour / scuttlebut getting around that a number of Kevin Rudds staff resigned late yesteray afternoon citing overwhelming work pressure.

Can anyone confirm / deny this?

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Life’s tough at the top
AG Canberra 2:16 pm 14 Mar 08

That’s the problem when you try and run a centralised administration. To maintain “control” you have to be there from start to finish….

I attended the PM’s pep talk to ministerial staffers on the first sitting week – and there were very few people over 40 there – it’s a young persons game at the moment.

niftydog 2:03 pm 14 Mar 08

Work harder, die younger, and have no fun in the meantime – no amount of remuneration or ‘prestige’ is worth that. Good on them for putting themselves first!

If more people cared about themselves and their family as much as they do about impressing their boss and making money, the world might not be such a shit hole.

Thumper 1:58 pm 14 Mar 08

How long can it take to type working families, new leadership, and education revolution.

I mean, it’s not as if any of the above is actually happening.

Rudd and his staffers just need to cut doen on the populism and symbolism and they’ll have plenty of time on their hands.

VicePope 1:56 pm 14 Mar 08

I have been doing some work with a pretty standard sort of Commonwealth agency with a normal business day supposed to be worked between 8 am and 6 pm. Which does not prevent a fair number of e-mails being sent anytime between 4.30 am and midnight from work and at even longer hours from home machines. And, yup, there are enough people there before 7 to mean all the lights are on. Psychic income has a lot to answer for …

MrMagoo 1:43 pm 14 Mar 08

While not employed directly by a Minister i work in a Dept where as of last week, expectations were that you be available for work over the weekend if needed. Our boss routinely is sending emails to us at 11.30pm to 12.30am so it seems yep the expectations are there to put in the big hours.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 1:37 pm 14 Mar 08

The private sector company I work for has a number of people who routinely work those sorts of hours. Given how executive salaries have increased over the past 10 years, perhaps companies are expecting to get value for their employment money.

Of course, I wouldn’t expect the minister’s office to pay people like private sector execs, but nonetheless the attitude of working crazy hours seems to be becoming more prevalent in Canberra.

Mr Evil 1:35 pm 14 Mar 08

Maybe they’re all sick of typing the words “working families” on media releases/speeches/briefing papers 480000 times?

Dave_K 1:23 pm 14 Mar 08

All that hard work and still not much to show for it. Petrol prices up, interest rates up, groceries still expensive, my internet is still too slow, freaky hot weather in March even after ratifying Kyoto.

sepi 1:16 pm 14 Mar 08

the Age Michelle Gratton article says this:

“The Rudd office is a sort of disciplined sweat shop where people think nothing of 5am starts, and policy advisers regularly send out briefs about 2-3am.”

Eyes 1:10 pm 14 Mar 08

Stateline, ABC TV 7.30pm tonight has a story on excessive pressure and work hours under the new government. “Working 9 to 5? You wish. Kevin Rudd’s Canberra.”
That story will get a kick along if the rumour has anything to it. Is the tail wagging the dog here? There are some pretty crazy work hours expected at all levels of the bureaucracy and especially at advisory level. But that’s not new.

neanderthalsis 1:07 pm 14 Mar 08

The mole / rumourmonger suggested one-third of his staff were shuffling off.

Roland GRNS 1:04 pm 14 Mar 08

They start work at 5:00am on West Wing!

VicePope 12:52 pm 14 Mar 08

Working for Ministers has never been easy or able to be done in a normal working week. It’s worse when the Ministers are almost all new to the job (as they are) and energetic from a long time in opposition and it’s getting up to Budget time. And, with a new government, it’s possible that some of those who found work with Ministers have worked out that it’s hard and grinding, except when it’s like tightrope walking. I don’t blame those who walk because they have the integrity to admit that the job they’re doing is not what they thought it would be.

Aurelius 12:46 pm 14 Mar 08

While I cannot speak for the Rudd administration, I know that when I worked for Beazley, under the same Chief of Staff, 110-120 hour weeks were the norm.
There for the staff meeting at 8am, there until midnight most evenings. And weekends weren’t much different except ties weren’t standard then.

sepi 12:28 pm 14 Mar 08

I know of one that was planning to resign due to excessive work hours.

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