It’s great to see that, despite the recession, the government of Alberta continues to hire needed personnel.
Wait, you say? What about the hiring freeze at Alberta Health Services? What about the hiring freeze affecting employees of the Government of Alberta?
Oh, well… I suppose if you’re going to call nurses and child protection workers essential and claim they’re overworked you could gin up an argument that needed employees aren’t being hired. …
But, really, which is actually more important: some crabby old unionized intensive-care-ward nurse who always wants to claim overtime, or the people who will shape Alberta’s future?
Obviously, if we go by what the government of Alberta does, as opposed to going by what it says, we can quickly reach two conclusions. Conclusion 1: The hiring freeze only affects employees who deliver services that are actually needed by the public. Conclusion 2: The group that’s more important is made up of those mysterious personages who will shape our innovative future.
Leastways, while Alberta may desperately need more nurses and child protection workers, not to mention dozens of other important job categories, it is board members for four new provincial corporations and an advisory body that the government is advertising to hire. Everything else, apparently, is frozen, like the North Pole used to be in the good old days before global warming.
What’s more, they’re not leaving the job to the capable staff of the Government’s Corporate Human Resources office (which is a “business friendly” way of saying the Public Service Commission), they’ve hired Ray & Berndtson, a high-zoot executive search firm, to track down likely candidates.
Trust me, this won’t come cheap. (The people the government actually pays to do this work, presumably, are sitting around drumming their fingers, waiting for the price of a barrel of oil to go up again.)
If you don’t believe me, check out the Working Section of Saturday’s Edmonton Journal. The government’s advertisement – well, Ray & Berndtson’s if you want to be technical about it – is on page K1. There’s another version of the same ad in the Saturday Globe and Mail. It says, in part, “the creation of four new provincial corporations (Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions; Alberta Innovates – Bio Solutions; Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions; and Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures) is a signal Alberta is committed to support research and innovation in these key areas defining Alberta’s success and social well being into the next decade.” Wow! Alberta is sure innovating nowadays! There’s also something called the Alberta Research and Innovation Authority, which needs board members as well.
The ad goes on: “Alberta seeks vision, energy and world class sector experience and credentials in their Founding Board members. The Government of Alberta invites nominations and expressions of interest from those who want to serve on the front line of tomorrow.” Click here to read Ray & Berndtson’s ad on-line.
I don’t know about you, but I’d just love to serve on the front line of tomorrow. I’ve got a funny feeling, though, that I’m just not the kind of fellow they have in mind.
As a dear friend of mine with many years of experience likes to say, there’s never a bad time to reward your friends!