OPM director calls on employees to speak up in this year's survey

The Office of Personnel Management wants employees who received email invitations to participate in the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to do just that—participate.

"Real change in the workplace comes from the bottom up," OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said in a May 14 blog post on the agency's website. "Each employee has important feedback to give and now is the time for your voice to be heard."

Archuleta said some employees "aren't really sure why they should take the survey." So she listed four reasons:

"1. Your voice is important. The FEVS asks for your opinion on a wide range of topics, such as training, job satisfaction, performance appraisals, work-life programs, and management. Agencies use this valuable information to improve their organizations.

"2. Your responses are confidential. Individual FEVS responses cannot be linked back to you. No one – not even your supervisor – will know how you answered. The reason we insist on confidentiality is, we need your candid and unfiltered feedback. 

"3. Your participation matters. The FEVS is sent to a sample of employees, so not every federal worker gets a survey every year.  If you received one this year, your participation is important and will serve as a crucial voice for employees like you. If you’re not sure if you received an invitation, look for an email from OPM. 

"4. You will have an impact. Leaders across the government pay close attention to FEVS scores. Thanks to new tools from OPM, including an online tool called Unlocktalent.gov, agency leaders can use the results in new and significant ways. With Unlocktalent.gov, they can slice and dice the data in ways that give them insights at every level of the agency, even individual offices."

And in case you want that in video, the same sales pitch is also available on YouTube.

Reader comments

Wed, May 27, 2015 DFrost

Wishing I had received an email invitation. Where I work, if you report management wrongdoing, you will be fired. Period. There are no federal regulations or employee rights where I work.

Thu, May 21, 2015 MSA/gee

First, I would like to know what and how she is going to do about it this? If I would her, I would come to the DHS as a surprise shock. Then she will see what going on here. Unless, she's over look it. I would interview the staff and let them be hear their voices. Also, see how the morale issues. Then let see what she can do? I would let the disability speak up and listen to them. The disabilities are treated unfair, pay less, and less promotions. Good luck!!!!

Mon, May 18, 2015 MSA

PLEASE NOTE: SSA NEED TO DO SOMETHING WITH THEIR AREA, THEY HIRED LOW STAFF WITH NO SKILLS OF AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE FOR THE DEAF AND HARD HEARING. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM? PLEASE SOMEONE NEED TO CHECK/INVESTIGATE THE SSA AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Mon, May 18, 2015 ten o 1

this is too late to do anything about it. Let be honest about this. I rather work somewhere else beside DHS. I don't care anymore.

Mon, May 18, 2015

The issue is that they are being selective as to who gets the link. It would be one thing if OPM sent it directly to the emails in all agencies and the upper management got the results sent to them. We were told that they cleaned out names that were given because it was too negative. And that they don't see any issues when their is harassment, gender and age bias and even religion. I wish I could be one of those auditors who had to interview employees... then change could be met

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