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Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) today released the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) Government-wide Management Report. The FEVS, which is administered by OPM, provides agencies with insights to help them better understand employee trends. The survey illuminates employees’ opinions about their jobs, working conditions, their supervisors and their leadership. This year’s survey was administered from April to June 2014, with 392,752 employees from 82 agencies participating.
The results of the 2014 survey illustrate the durability of the dedication and commitment of the Federal workforce. The vast majority of Federal employees believe their work is important, put in extra effort to get their jobs done and actively look for ways to do their jobs better. Seventy percent of respondents said that their work gives them a feeling of personal accomplishment.
“The FEVS is an extremely valuable tool because it helps leaders identify issues important to their workforce,” said OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. “The active use of the data fulfills OPM’s mission to promote evidence-based improvements to employee engagement and performance, and it is a core part of the People and Culture goal of the President’s Management Agenda. It is encouraging to see that Federal employees remained committed to their jobs regardless of the difficulties our workforce has faced in the last few years. OPM is committed to helping all Federal agencies to implement agency-specific programs that will continue to foster employee engagement and better serve the American people”
Items showing improvement from last year include employees’ satisfaction with their immediate supervisors, with recruiting new employees with the right skills, and with having sufficient resources for doing their jobs. Almost two thirds of respondents to the 2014 FEVS felt that their supervisors are committed to a workforce representative of all segments of society, an increase from last year. Some areas of concern expressed by employees include the level of interaction with supervisors and opportunities to collaborate with others in their agencies.
The 2014 report introduces a new index, the New IQ (Inclusion Quotient), which is comprised of 20 FEVS items. The New IQ is built on the concept that individual behaviors, repeated over time, form the habits that create the essential building blocks of an inclusive environment. Workplace inclusion is a contributing factor to employee engagement and organizational performance. Among large agencies, New IQ index scores range from 46 percent to 75 percent with an overall index of 56 percent.
Overall, government-wide employee engagement index is at 63 percent and employee satisfaction index is at 59 percent. These scores remain consistent with the 2013 FEVS results.
During a press briefing today, Director Archuleta highlighted the importance of agency efforts to boost employee engagement. Among the agencies highlighted for efforts that lead to an increase in scores were the Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Transportation and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
For the full report and more information on the FEVS, visit www.opm.gov/fevs
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