Vice President Kamala Harris’s office apparently isn’t the only one with problems.
A new report from Politico reveals that President Joe Biden’s office is having troubles of its own.
It’s a “morale” problem
“Several White House officials,” who have chosen to remain anonymous, described to Politico what is going on behind the scenes in Biden’s office. And, apparently, there is a morale problem.
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.
“One White House official” told the outlet:
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.
Pinpointing the cause
The causes of this “low morale” problem appear to be many, starting with coronavirus-related policies. These policies have resulted in “remote” working and the White House not being as open to visitors and family as it normally would be, particularly during holidays.
Politico further reports that “some staffers say [that the low morale is] the result of an insular, top-heavy White House of longtime Biden aides who are distant from much of the staff — ‘no new friends in Biden world,’ goes the refrain.”
“And others say it’s just poor management,” the outlet adds.
Whatever the cause or causes may be, “the result” of the “low morale” is much clearer.
The outlet writes:
The result: many 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.
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.
So, it appears that following the holidays we could see a number of early departures by members of Biden’s staff. If Biden can’t keep his staff together, what does that say about his ability to lead this country?