@don't rock the boat & same in all businesses of all sizes
@"keep it under wraps by dimwitted management types who didn't want to rock the boat. Just stick to the brief. you're told. Get the job done, go home, come back next day. Repeat and rinse until pension day arrives."
I've experienced this in the private sector as well, (time and time again), its not just public sector, it affects all businesses of all sizes. It occurs more often in larger corporations (simply due to more people in large corporations and so more with this pattern of behaviour and they can hide more effectively in large corporations). These management types thrive in corporations from middle management to upper management and they are far more interested in playing office politics like rearrange departments to give them more power, than actually getting the work done. They are also very good at blaming everyone else for their own mistakes, whilst always being up the front to say its their idea, when things go well.
I strongly suspect there's an element of that in this news about bosses reluctance to take people from the public sector, because they wouldn't want to hire office politics type people and larger corporate like organisations suffer from office politics types who thrive in that kind of corporate environment.
Unfortunately in business, (whatever business) you find these types. You even find them in smaller companies, but there its even worse, as they can often be the boss! ... Then you really are in trouble, because nothing you do will ever truly give you a return on investment, because the boss is always determined to say its his actions and not yours that makes the differences. (But then that allows the boss to say, no you're not getting a pay rise, whilst they are happy to fill their pockets with the profits from your efforts).
When they say "Just stick to the brief" what they really mean (though their two faced words) is that they don't want you to stand out. They want you to be compliant to their rule over you. Rock the boat and you are first out the door the next time redundancies come alone. Rock the boat and you don't get promoted. (They think, why give you any power when they fear you will seek to question them even more in the future, with your new found power). They only want "yes" men. People who do what they are told. That isn't what's best for the company, its what's best for them.
If you haven't already guessed, the people who behave like this are the Narcissistic Personality Disordered people (NPD) in society. Their actions show how self interested and two faced they are and they will seek ways to undermine you, whilst they really enjoy having the power of being superior over you. (Its why they are so effective in fighting to the top in politics). :(
Its also why business is so difficult, because every company is up against some ruthless companies with Narcissistic bosses, just as every department head in large organisations has to fight against some Narcissistic department heads, who seek to undermine and sideline them, to gain more power over more people. It doesn't mean all managers are Narcissistic, but the most powerful ones are far more often Narcissistic. The office politics power games they play are not in the organisations best interests, its in their best self-interests. Corporations or government organisations, it makes no difference, a minority of the population are playing these games (for their own gain) and we are all up against their hidden battle against us. Its why business is so difficult. :(
Its also a sobering thought when looking for a new job, to try to avoid these type of people in the future. Not that easy as unfortunately a lot of bosses are like them. Worse still, no sooner do you find a good boss (if you are lucky) and then you unfortunately find ruthless bad bosses in other companies seeking to undermine and wipe out their business (so you then have to think about updating your CV again, ready for your next redundancy notice). :( ... and so the cycle continues ... unless you are very lucky. :(
p.s. as you can tell I feel strongly about this. Its partly because like these poor sods in the public sector, my CV is now back up to date again as well, so to speak! :( ... still once again my current bosses (just like previous bosses) will walk away with millions in their pockets, so it won't be a total loss! :S ... The drink icon, as I need one after thinking about all this!. :(