A furlough means go home without pay and come back sometime later.
A furlough will force tens of thousands of employee with decades of training and experience to take those skills elsewhere. When the furlough ends, the knowledgeable staff will no longer exist. We will have to recruit and train new employees costing at least three times what we saved with the furloughs.
Government employees aren't going to give up their jobs because of a couple of weeks of furloughs, especially when their benefits will still be paid for.
You're just adding fuel to the fear monger's fire.