The iris person I interviewed is a customer service representative for the prosthetics department. She assists veterans with obtaining prosthetic equipment for their needs and have been doing so for over 5 years. Her department is small and consists of 8 people such as two orthodontist, three other customer service representatives, an administrative officer and chief of the service. When interviewed Katie she stated that she usually has great relationships with people within the workplace. She treats everyone equally and does whatever she can to help out her team members. Being in a small office allows her to be closer to her co-workers.
The administrative office and chief are both her supervisors and she maintains a professional relationship with them. Cathie stated the only challenge she has in the workplace is it’s a small office and gossip travels very quickly. Otherwise, she stated she has not had many problems within her current office environment. The second person interviews is a Greg Reynolds, a biomedical engineer that works for the engineering department. He has been employed at the VA for over 20 years and has seen vast changes within the VA system. The Biomedical Engineering office consists of four engineers, one technician and the oppressor.
During his 20 plus year career at the VA he has had good friendships with a couple of co-workers. However, there are some individuals that he does not get along with and tries to avoid as much as possible. Right now, the biomedical engineering department and the IT department are having a political battle on who supports what equipment. Fortunately, the conflict is with the two managers and not the individual engineers. Greg does get along with the supervisors well except for the IT manager and assistant manager. He seemed not to have too much benefit of some of his office relationships because most of the time it is politic driven.
Even though our departments are rivals, we have had a close relationship and try to help out each other as much as possible. The third person I interviewed is an administrative officer for Geriatrics and Extended Care service, Candid Gregg. She has been employed with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs for 17 years. She has worked for many departments such as human resources, medical administration, ambulatory care then geriatrics. Candid stated she always made friends easily within any department. Right now, she has three good friends that she has know during re employment that she spends time away from work with.
She seems to have no problems with relationships with her superiors. As an administrative officer, she deals with various departments with high-ranking officials such as the director, associate director, nursing chief and chief of staff. She stated that she treats all her superiors with a professional demeanor. At one time, she had a chief that was very demeaning and was very strict with everyone. If you were late more than two minutes, you were counseled. She said every day she felt on edge until she transferred to another department.
Overall, her workplace relationships with other people are good but there are politics. By interviewing my three friends, there was one common denominator, office politics. Within the federal government, politics can determine which department gets what type of funding and additional manpower if needed. All three of them do make friends easily. However, in engineering it seemed to be more of a power play game than actually having friendships.