OPM releases work-life survey results

The Office of Personnel Management has released findings from the Federal Work-Life Survey, the agency’s tool to assist in developing and sustaining an engaged, innovative and productive workforce.

The online survey was sent to 196,489 employees between Jan. 25 to March 10, 2017, and 64,474 employees participated.

Among its findings, the survey found that:

  • most employees reported that their professional and personal and/or family life needs to some degree interfere with each other;
  • those who telework, use work schedule flexibilities, or health and wellness programs were more likely to be satisfied with their jobs and expressed greater intentions to remain at their agencies;
  • nearly all participants expressed the desire to use one or more work-life programs;
  • the majority of employees believe that their immediate supervisor is responsive to and understanding of employees’ personal needs, but only about half of employees indicate they experience positive supervisory support for the use of work-life programs; and
  • about half of supervisors reported that they were able to manage and assess the performance of teleworkers. 

“The results indicate agencies offer a variety of work-life programs and workplace flexibilities, employees are using them, and there is a desire to be able to use more of them,” the report notes, adding, “Leadership support is critical to integrating work and personal demands, and the results highlight the need for increased awareness and managerial training.”

View the full report here.


Reader comments

Mon, Mar 12, 2018 Enduring Two Faced Management

Management continues to practice lip service to work life issues but acts completely different behind the scenes to sink work life issues

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