Survey: Federal employee engagement highest in 6 years
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Oct 12, 2017
Federal employee engagement has reached its highest level in six years, and most employees have a positive perspective of their workplaces, according to the results of the Office of Personnel Management’s annual viewpoint survey.
The 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey shows that overall employee engagement is at a 67, the highest since 2011, and the new Diversity and Inclusion index is at 60, which is the highest since it was created last year.
This year more than 485,000 employees participated in the 98 item survey, which focused on eight topics; personal work experiences; work unit; agency; supervisor; leadership; satisfaction; work/life programs; and demographics.
Supervisory relationships, management communication among work units, and organizational satisfaction had the highest year over year increases.
The top negative responses concerned pay raises, dealing with poor performers and lack of sufficient resources.
Partnership for Public Service President and CEO Max Stier released the following statement the release of the survey.
“Having a highly-motivated and engaged workforce is critical to a well-functioning government and the success of our country, and it is a credit to agency leaders that the overall employee engagement score has improved three years in a row, he said, adding, “While there have been gains during the past three years, there is still an urgent need for progress, especially when comparing the government to good private sector benchmarks.”
“The Trump administration should aspire to make the federal government an employer of choice so that the American public benefits from the best service possible,” Stier continued.
The Partnership’s “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government“ rankings are based on data from OPM's annual federal employee survey.