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There much talk about the ‘Corporate Jungle’ and how to survive. Fine and dandy.

What I’m looking for is some kind of guide to stumbling through the nightmare that is a large government organisation without  sinking into the bog and slowly suffocating.
If you thought this post would have the answers: sorry, can’t help you! I am fumbling through the muck myself.

In the past year I have moved into ‘middle management’ at my organisation, and I find that the higher I go, the deeper my cynicism and fatigue with the whole system. Seeing how it really works is terrifying!
So when I’m unable to function because incompetancy and dishonesty has waddled up and slapped me in the face *again* these are some of my coping mechanisms, feel free to try them if you like:

  • read food blogs, like Joy the Baker or The Julie /Julia Project (now a movie, the original blog is still fonking himilhilarious and also contains many gripes about working in government, plus butter)
  • tweet it out
  • office stationary origami- I like to make pinwheels out of coloured postits
  • have a really big cup of tea and take your public service right to a 20 minute rest break

The trick is to distract yourself, remind yourself there are better things in this world and shake it off. Then look at the best way of cleaning up the mess and making sure it doesn’t happen again.
You could try to stab back or just give up and decide it’s not worth trying in this place anymore, but that, my friend, is the express ticket to becoming the same bureaucratic moron who just drove you nuts.

The last resort, if you just can’t take the crap and can’t turn off your brain, is best phrased in the advice given to me by a HR manager (on her last day as she flew the coop) “Get out! Find a secondment and walk away before you go crazy too!  This place is full of crazy people, and they aren’t going anywhere!”