the tough life of a civil servant
He’s really funny, the Daemul character of the Construction Bureau Chief who’s also a chauvinistic former Marine. Or maybe it’s great comedic acting by Lee Hee Do (55). The following scene from episode 12 reminds me of the kind of trials and tribulations I have witnessed in my short work life. Perhaps it’s not just about civil servants after all. ^^;
1. Your boss doesn’t care about you, yet scolds you for not covering his ass.
Here, the Governor chides the Construction Bureau Chief for agreeing to assemblywoman Seo Hye Rim’s demands to investigate into possible land acquisition abnormalities related to the most powerful person of the country — Minwoodang party representative Cho Bae Ho. “Even if you want to die, do not cling onto me and drag me down with you! Humph!”
2. The client / boss is always right, even if the truth isn’t.
3. AFTER you are very sure that the coast is clear (left), vent your frustrations (right) for your sanity
4. Treat someone to lunch before asking them for a favor.
5. There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but it may be worth it?
Do Ya peaks furtively from his newspaper to check out how receptive Head Prosecutor Gong might be in helping him help Seo Hye Rim. Gong was reading the latest political happenings on the newspaper, and sympathized with Hye Rim’s announcement of resignation. Do Ya then offers a lunch treat. Gong asks, “What’s the menu?”
6. Besides venting frustrations, a more effective way of recovering your self-esteem is to make your subordinates think you are smart. If they aren’t convinced, just make them do something stupid anyway.
I’m wondering whether this idea happened in real life, but the Chief tells his subordinate to fill up a 2-ton truck with useless information before sending it to Seo Hye Rim. That way, Seo Hye Rim can’t accuse him of being uncooperative in fulfulling duties for the country, and his superiors won’t accuse him of ruffling the feathers of Cho Bae Ho. “A 2-ton truck?” the subordinate civil servant asked incredulously. “Yes, a win-win situation for all of us,” replied Chief with satisfaction.
7. Beware of sudden visits by the client / boss. They usually don’t bode well.
There’s nothing to learn from this screencap, but it’s funny, how his slippered and socked foot depicts the precarious path the civil servant is taking, in the face of a persistent assemblywoman and 2 threatening prosecutors. The 2 ton truck doesn’t sound ‘win-win’ after all…
8. To achieve your goals, the scare tactic works best, preferably (but not always) with the truth
9. To make sure the message sinks in, exaggerate and use a lot of numbers.
10. Sometimes, things happen your way because you’re lucky. Or maybe somebody out there likes you… ^^*