It looks like it’s not just the vice president’s office that’s experiencing personnel problems.
Citing insiders, Politico reported Wednesday that the Biden White House is “suffering from low morale” — and some staffers are even said to be considering calling it quits.
“In the first year of the Biden White House, comradery has been fleeting and many teams are suffering from low morale, according to several White House officials,” Politico reported.
“No proactive effort”
The outlet went on to quote “one White House official” who said that “intentional team building” has been lacking under President Joe Biden’s watch.
“A lot of the natural coordination that happens in a typically functioning White House has been lost, and there has been no proactive effort to make up for it through intentional team building,” the source told Politico.
Politico suggested remote work and COVID-related restrictions may be playing a role. In one instance, staffers appeared frustrated over limits placed on family visits to the White House during the Christmas season.
“No one expects business as usual during the pandemic, but it’s beyond demoralizing, it’s insulting — especially when you see DNC [Democrats] and Hill staff and other D.C. types get invited” to see the White House instead, one staffer told Politico.
“It’s also hypocritical and ironic that a president whose brand is built on empathy and family has staff policies that fly in the face of that brand,” the staffer added. “It’s not a good look and it’s emblematic of how this place runs.”
Other concerns mentioned in Politico’s Wednesday report included problems with “insular, top-heavy White House of longtime Biden aides who are distant from much of the staff” and “just poor management.”
All in all, Politico writes: “[M]any White House aides are feeling gloomy this holiday season, so much so that they anonymously fumed to West Wing Playbook in the hope it may alert senior leaders to the problem.”
The report adds:
Many are also currently eyeing the exits, creating the potential for higher-than-usual turnover at the beginning of the year, when aides feel they’ve been in the job long enough that it won’t look odd to depart.
For the West Wing, it looks like these problems are only the beginning of what could soon become an all-out staffing crisis. But if they’re running the White House like they’re running the country, it really shouldn’t be much of a surprise.