Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Government Shutdown Proves to be Formidable Hurdle for Communicators

However long this government shutdown lasts, one thing is certain: this is a huge challenge for government communicators. Many are currently on furlough, making their ability to respond to communications issues nearly impossible. Some communications channels have shut down completely, but there are still many essential employees going about their business (though the workplace is likely working with a skeleton crew). Some agencies are forging on because they still have funds, but are facing furloughs should the shutdown extend for a lengthy period of time.

This situation provides us with an unpleasant case study, and most if not all federal employees can comment on this. For those of you who can provide an opinion, what’s your take on the government shutdown as it relates to government communications? If you were a furloughed employee, how would you handle your potential return to work, not to mention the present?