Playing Hardball With a Burrower


Playing Hardball With a Burrower

This is not about politics. Rather, it's about dealing with an employee who—for whatever reason—may not be trusted and can't be fired.

As Juliet Eilperin and Carol D. Leonnig pointed out in the Nov. 18, 2008 edition of The Washington Post:

The transfer of political appointees into permanent federal positions, called "burrowing" by career officials, creates security for those employees, and at least initially will deprive the incoming Obama administration of the chance to install its preferred appointees in some key jobs.

So is it possible to get rid of “protected” burrowers who refuse to leave of their own accord?

Very early in my checkered career, I heard of a technique one company used to persuade an unwanted employee to leave.