The key to coexisting peacefully and effectively with political staffers is simple: each of you should understand the other's role

By Bernard Keane

July 23, 2019

BERNARD KEANE: CODE OF CONDUCT It is possible to have a productive, enjoyable and mutually rewarding relationship with your minister’s adviser — start with coffee and pastries.

As every public servant knows, advisers on both sides of politics range from highly competent, agreeable people who work collaboratively with the bureaucracy, to rabid ideologues who regard public servants as something between beasts of burden and monstrous enemies. It’s a bell curve, like any slice of humanity, so most end up being somewhere in the middle. Public servants can’t do much about the adviser they end up having to work with. But the nature of the relationship between public servant and adviser is one that you can very much control.  And the arrival of a new adviser offers an opportunity to start building a good working relationship that delivers for both sides.

There are some simple things that will help. If you haven’t had advisers – up to and including the minister’s chief of staff – over to the department yet, then do that stat. Just seeing where you work and putting faces to email addresses will make for a healthier relationship. Some coffee and pastries with SES staff, EL2s and EL1s while you go through the key issues on the agenda and enable them to ask questions about what they’ve read in their new minister briefing packs is pretty basic, but not necessarily widespread practice. And you can say things about stakeholders in person that are best not committed to paper or screen.

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