Civil ser­vants need ca­reer path

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

Al­though the pub­lic has crit­i­cized the over­staffing is­sue in China’s civil ser­vice, many young civil ser­vants are op­posed to such view lately online. They be­lieved that the main rea­son of re­dun­dancy is the in­equal­ity in the dis­tri­bu­tion of work al­lo­ca­tion, says an ar­ti­cle in Ex­cerpts:

The un­even dis­tri­bu­tion of work means that new­com­ers to the civil ser­vice usu­ally take on a large pro­por­tion of the job as­sign­ments, while their se­nior col­leagues leisurely do less work. That’s why the pub­lic feels the civil ser­vice is in­ef­fi­cient.

To some ex­tent, the rapidly grow­ing num­ber of civil ser­vants in China ex­plains why this is the case. At the end of 2012, the to­tal num­ber of civil ser­vants na­tion­wide was 7 mil­lion, hav­ing con­tin­u­ously in­creased since 2008. But such a large civil ser­vice is in­ef­fi­cient com­pared to many for­eign ad­min­is­tra­tions, and there is ac­tu­ally su­per­flu­ous staff.

But more im­por­tantly, the most fun­da­men­tal rea­son for the lack of ef­fi­ciency and the lack of en­thu­si­asm for work is the lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties for pro­mo­tion avail­able. Al­though civil ser­vants should care more about car­ry­ing out their du­ties for the pub­lic good, there is no deny­ing peo­ple wish to re­al­ize per­sonal goals in their ca­reer. In re­al­ity, many of­fi­cials re­main in one po­si­tion for more than 10 years.

Be­cause such an “in­vis­i­ble ceil­ing” ex­ists, it is im­pos­si­ble for lowly civil ser­vants to arouse much en­thu­si­asm for their daily work. There­fore, we can­not just blame them for hav­ing a poor work ethic. Only by giv­ing them fair pro­mo­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties and es­tab­lish­ing a sci­en­tific em­ploy­ment mech­a­nism, can civil ser­vants’ en­thu­si­asm and mo­ti­va­tion be rekin­dled, and their ef­fi­ciency in­creased. The opin­ions ex­pressed on this page do not nec­es­sar­ily re­flect those of China Daily US edi­tion.

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