Poll: 13 percent of feds report being threatened, harassed

A recent poll found that 13 percent of federal employees have received threats or harassment as part of their work at a federal agency within the last six months, Government Executive reports.

The Government Business Council conducted a flash poll June 28-29 of federal employees and also found that of the 212 employees who responded, 20 percent said they know a colleague who has been either threatened or harassed, according to the article, which notes that 40 percent said they believe they're more likely to receive threats today than in the past.

It also found that 54 percent of respondents reported that their agency leadership had issued guidance on how to deal with work-related threats, compared to only 37 percent who have not heard anything from management, according to the article.

Reader comments

Wed, Jul 4, 2018

Most of the harassment issues come from management. Being an assistant you see a lot. Regional offices generally do nothing almost in a frozen state. These managers get paid $$$$ and really don’t do anything that is related to their job description. If the government had less managers they would save not only money but harassment complaints.

Tue, Jul 3, 2018

Let me add being 'assigned' truly useful projects, which are then 'slow-walked' to death by management with the intent (result) of causing the employee to retire early.

Tue, Jul 3, 2018 Me Here

When it says “as part of their work at a federal agency”, does that mean threatened/harassed by coworkers, customers/general public or both?

Tue, Jul 3, 2018

It isn't the "Republican" rheteric or this Administration that is the problem. It is more likely the intolerance of liberal employees (most federal employees are liberal) against their non-liberal

Tue, Jul 3, 2018

The GovExec article provides a few facts omitted above: DHS staff were polled recently and did report an uptick in threats and harassing behavior from groups protesting ICE and border detentions. The Congress needs to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation, election year or no.

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