Friday, July 07, 2017

Line vs. Staff Positions

Foreign service officers based in foreign countries are necessary - which is why these cuts aren't affecting their hiring/posting.

Staff positions are the key area any re-organization targets (Oooh, that's a trigger word!). Modern business practices aim to reduce - to the bone - staff positions.

What, for those who didn't have any business experience/coursework, as staff positions?

Those positions whose function is to support the actual working individuals - in this case, those serving overseas in embassies.

Everybody else has to justify their position based on the demands of the CORE functions. Creating/influencing policy is NOT one of those core functions.

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