The public sector is proving that sane hours, and not pie-in-the-sky stock options,
can be attractive to highly qualified job applicants. But Kennedy School's Mechling
warns that private companies should also be realistic when borrowing ideas from
government recruitment practices.
"You can't lie and say [to a recruit], 'You'll only have to work 40 hours a week'
when really you're going to whip them for 65," Mechling says.