Then there is the story of the office worker who was called in to discuss certain matters with the boss, and during the course of the conversation, boasted proudly that he had not taken a vacation in five years, thereby intimating his commitment and dedication to the company.
The boss became silent, shook his head gravely, and promptly fired the man on the spot. In shock and dismay, the young office worker asked in exasperation why the boss would do such a thing, and the older man replied: “Two reasons. First, you need a vacation. Now you have one. Second, the company cannot afford to keep someone who fails to understand the needs of a human being.” And so the irony of the young office worker reveals the self-contradiction of so many circumstances.
For the Federal and Postal Worker who suffers from a medical condition, the one truism which stands out is that those who are beset with a progressively deteriorating medical condition, can never take a “vacation” from the condition itself. Thus, for those who are healthy, we often take for granted our state of existence.
Federal Disability Retirement from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, allows for the Federal or Postal Worker to have a period of respite, away from those very work activities which continue to exacerbate and compound the problem of the medical condition itself.
It may be that, in the end, there is little or no choice in the matter.
For, either the work will continue to suffer and the Federal agency or Postal Service will terminate the Federal or Postal worker, or the medical condition itself will dictate the terms of work cessation. In either event, thought should be given to the future, and to a time of recuperative distancing from an activity which cannot continue forever.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire