Survey: Federal employee engagement highest in 6 years

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.


Reader comments

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

This survey is skewed with loads of false positives. Lousy self-serving management and their minions is the greatest problem that federal employees and their organizations need to resolve. This will not happen since it perpetuates itself over and over.

Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Given the lowest number ever of Federal employees who responded to this survey, I disagree with the so called positives they are espousing. This is the equivalent of putting lipstick on a pig.

Fri, Oct 13, 2017 Lisa Hoppis

Clink on the link to view an article about the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

Fri, Oct 13, 2017 FED-UP Montrose, NY

Obviously word of all this good feeling has not reached the VA yet. Here in the Hudson Valley it has been pretty dismal. We have a management team that has no concept of team work, and I don't think they actually speak to one another. It's kind of like a management free for all. Needless to say, chaos is the order of the day.

Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Lets be clear stop this nonsense I propose what the federal government refuses to address because of fear of reality. Get social workers, psych types together and perform office culture assessment. Most govt management fear this because it may present racism lol

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