Longevity often masks itself for loyalty; yet, when an organization is so large and impersonal such that each cog in the wheel merely represents an irrelevant fraction of the larger entity, then the relative importance of the individual becomes correspondingly diminished in relation to the greater whole.
Loyalty has always implied the concept of bilateralism; but within an organization which has become a virtual Leviathan, it becomes an unilateral concept. For Federal and Postal employees, length of service and commitment to the agency’s “mission” will often engender a strong sense of loyalty. But such loyalty is misplaced if it is paid with the price of one’s medical health, whether physical, emotional, or psychological.
One of the greatest obstacles which forestalls a Federal or Postal employee from filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, is a sense of shame and misguided loyalty to one’s agency. Somehow, the Federal or Postal employee thinks that he or she is “letting the agency down” by filing for Federal Disability Retirement and separating from Federal Service. But such a sense of loyalty is misplaced, misguided, and at best a self-immolation of purposes.
Look to see how the agency treats you in actions, not in terms of how you perceive how the world should be. While honor is a virtue to be applauded, failure to preserve one’s health is a folly which cannot be afforded.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire