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Round-Up September 22

Monday, September 22, 2008
I must apologize for a mistake (h/t to anonymous commenter and Anatole Papadopoulos) in last week's column.

In fact the PSC runs the jobs-emplois.gc.ca website while the CPSA runs the it's MY day website. My apologies for the confusion (... but that doesn't preclude the fact that these two things could easily be used to increase each others effectiveness.)

I would like to encourage you to check the comments from last week's column. In them, Anatole raises the possibility that we quoted selectively in our presentation. I would just like to counter that my citation was more likely to be done in haste then it was to be done selectively (which raises another issue - I am probably not the only one to take away the message I did from the web page).

There is, a lot more to this issue then we covered in the (very) short column. But rest assured, we are currently working on another column that will engage the issues more deeply.

Oh and FYI - we here at CPSRenewal.ca are always happy to collaborate when/if the opportunity arises.

Sound Off!

There is little in terms of MSM coverage out there that is of relevance... The sun reported however on "Public servants' 17G chow down". This kind of reporting conjures up negative images and only goes to further damage the reputation of public servants.

What is $17,000 dollars spread over 400 employees? It's $42.50 bucks per public servant. Spread that over a 2 week period, (i.e. divide by 4 lunches) and we are talking about just over $10 bucks a day for lunch per person. Sounds like a non-starter a if you break it down to the level of the individual.

Besides, I had many a lunch provided to me by my private sector employers when business volumes dictated I couldn't leave for a lunch break. Private enterprise see this as a cost of doing business in order to provide good service in peak times. If they didn't all you would hear about in the MSM was a lot of people complaining about the terrible service they received. Happy workers make good workers ... I guess there is such thing as a free lunch (if you consider working all weekend for a $10 sandwich and salad 'free'.)


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Anatole Papadopoulos said...

Hi again,

At the risk of belabouring the point, I just wanted to note that I didn't mean for "selective" to come across that negatively (i.e. to imply intent). :) I mostly meant that it was not a comprehensive or fully accurate view of the website. I say "mostly" not to be evasive, but rather because I was, after all, also reacting to the fact that your post did carry a judgement or assessment of the content ("PSC takes its messaging (and its delivery) a totally different way") based on that partial information.

All that said, you correctly point out that you are unlikely to be the only one(s) taking a certain impression away from the jobs.gc.ca website (let alone the broader GoC's marketing efforts). As I said in my previous comment, I fully agree it could (and should) be strengthened.

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