A House committee wants to know how a small agency improved morale
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- May 30, 2018
Members of a House committee want to know how an agency known for having a problematic work environment significantly improved its employee satisfaction in the latest viewpoint survey.
The Chemical Safety Board, for several years, has had job satisfaction levels far below other agencies of the same size, and in 2015, CSB Board Member Manuel Ehrlich acknowledged at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing that the agency had morale issues that needed to be addressed.
However, in the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, the agency — which has fewer than 100 employees — had the greatest increase in global satisfaction scores among other small agencies.
“In light of the committee's prior investigation of the problematic work environment at the CSB and to promote a productive federal workforce, the committee seeks to learn more about the CSB's efforts to improve employee satisfaction,” two committee members wrote in a letter to Vanessa Allen Sutherland, chair of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.
The members asked Sutherland to supply the committee with all documents related to FEVS dating back to 2016, communications and activities by any workplace improvement committee and other documents related to employee survey results and findings.
In related news, Sutherland announced last week that she will be resigning from the board next month.
“I am saddened to leave the wonderful mission and incredible work of the CSB,” she said in a statement, adding, “…I am absolutely certain that this team, and future hires, will both excel in execution and outshine our prior efforts. I’m fortunate to have been a part of the work.”