I did bump into my boss (government, not contracting) this morning in the elevator, and she conversationally groused to me about how for the next few days she would be up to her eyeballs in her portion of the contract bid review process. Which … seems a little bit inappropriate? To discuss with me, I mean, a lowly contractor very much affected by the outcome. There’s a part of me that wonders if maybe it doesn’t strike my boss as too cavalier to speak offhandedly about reviewing bids because she and I both know my employer is going to win in the end, or at least she knows and assumes I should also know. I’d like for that to be true, I really would, because I’d rather have my job be stable and my future of sticking with said job to be a choice of my own free will.
But maybe it’s a simple matter of the ever-present double standard between civilian government employees and contractors, where they take their job security for granted and we are supposed to suck up the easy-come-easy-go-and-what-have-you-done-for-me-lately nature of our gigs as the price of doing business. In that case, it doesn’t matter if I think it’s weird to talk about the thread my steady paycheck is hanging by in the context of it being one more annoying to-do task for my boss, because I’m just an interchangeable expense category in the bottom line. Who knows.
Anyway, these are the fun thoughts that float through my head as another workweek begins at the start of a new month. You’re welcome.