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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Contact: Michelle Guzman
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Releases UnlockTalent.gov Dashboard

Interactive tool will help agency leaders foster a culture of excellence and engagement

Washington, DC - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is providing Federal agencies with a new and powerful online tool to help them boost employee engagement. With this interactive and customized dashboard, Federal managers will be better able to analyze and understand the data from the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) and other sources, allowing them to creatively use the information in their engagement strategies.

The dashboard, which can be found at UnlockTalent.gov, gives Federal leaders innovative, visual ways to interpret the FEVS results and OPM’s Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) data. And it is an important step toward fulfilling a key goal of the President’s Management Agenda -- to create a culture of excellence and engagement that will foster higher performance in the Federal workforce.

“I am thrilled that agencies are now able to utilize this exciting new tool,” OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said. “It will give agency leaders the extra support they need to create the best engagement programs for their employees.”

The dashboard is customized to each individual agency. Users get unique login credentials leading them to personalized pages for their departments and agencies. Its five main windows employ charts, graphs, maps, videos and multiple other visual means to help managers interpret information. A few examples:  

  • Agency Overview: This page gives Federal leaders a visual snapshot of their agencies. For example, a map shows them how many employees they have in each state and allows them to drill down for demographic breakouts of their workforce.
  • Employee Engagement and Satisfaction: With this page, a manager can view employee scores (i.e. rating satisfaction with supervisors and peers, with their jobs and pay levels) for his or her office or department, and then slice and dice the data in new ways. For example, a manager can easily compare his office’s scores to government-wide averages, or, compare them to earlier years’ scores as a way of gauging progress -- or lack of progress -- over time.
  • Community of Practice: This section offers valuable content about tried-and-true ways to improve workplace culture and boost employee satisfaction. There are tips and case studies from agencies whose scores have gone from among the lowest to among the highest in government. There are also links to instructive videos on such topics as Quick Wins, Improving Employee Trust, and Changing Workplace Culture.

The dashboard was created in partnership with fifteen agencies and the Office of Management and Budget. Agencies and departments that took part in the development are: Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; and also the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, NASA, the Social Security Administration, and the National Science Foundation.  

While the dashboard does not yet incorporate the results of the 2014 FEVS survey, agencies can now begin analyzing 2011-2013 data to create programs that work best for their employees. The 2014 data will be added as soon as it is available in early fall. Additionally, OPM will gather user feedback and use it to design updates of the tool in the coming months.

UnlockTalent.gov is available only to agency leadership and managers. In addition, FEVS responses remain strictly confidential; dashboard users will be unable to identify specific employees or their responses.

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Our mission is to Recruit, Retain and Honor a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People. OPM supports U.S. agencies with personnel services and policy leadership including staffing tools, guidance on labor-management relations and programs to improve work force performance.


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