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I have been employed in the public sector as a front-line staff worker for the past two and a half years under two different county Job and Family Services organizations I have spent one year working with the Athens County Department and Job and Family Services ACDJF and one and a half years with the Fairfield County Department of Job and Family Services FCDJFS I have observed the different principles that Gordon Chase discussed in the essay Bromides for Public Mangers in a non-management position During my stint as a public employee I have spent little time distinguishing the differences between the private and public sectors I have since formulated a new opinion since your class lecture on the public and private sectors There are many differences that one may look over when reviewing the two The private sectors primary purpose is to make money with most or all the decisions being made internally The public sectors primary purpose is to serve society with the majority of goals and decision making coming externally Chase p1 The public organization is monitored closely by individuals outside of the agency because it is the outside people whose taxes fund most public agencies The general public is interested in seeing results Public managers have the pressure of pleasing both their internal employees along with individuals outside the organization These outside members include legislators and politicians the media the courts community groups federal and local officials other public agencies unions and the general public Case p 4 With all of these key players decision making is often a lengthy drawn out process Issues may be left unattended for fear that it may create conflicts with these external players These external players have there own agendas and opinions on how you should run your agency to benefit their needs As you can see it is very difficult for the public manager to make everyone happy The private sector does
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