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Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) today released the government-wide employee engagement index scores and the global satisfaction index scores from the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS).
The results show that employees across the Federal Government are more engaged in their workplaces and more satisfied with their jobs than they were a year ago. While there is still plenty of room for improvement, the Administration’s focus on employee engagement is beginning to pay dividends for the workforce, and ultimately for the American people.
A highlight in the government-wide results is a 1 percent increase in the employee engagement index score, to 64 percent from 63 percent in 2014. The change is statistically significant and many individual agencies experienced larger gains.
Another important measure also increased by 1 percent government-wide: The global satisfaction score was 60 percent, up from 59 percent in 2014. That score tells us that employees are more satisfied with their jobs, their pay, and their organizations and that they are more likely to recommend their agency to others.
This year, 50 percent of the employees who were surveyed responded, for a total of 421,748 responses from 82 agencies. The response rate was 3 percentage points higher than last year’s 47 percent. Overall, 75 percent of responses to the individual survey questions were more positive than they were a year ago.
“This survey data provides a powerful way for agency leaders to be able to think about, and evaluate, their engagement programs and office cultures,” said OPM Acting Director Beth Cobert. “As leaders, we know that employee engagement drives performance and is closely tied to mission success in the Federal Government, which means better service for our customers, the American people.”
Through participation in the FEVS, Federal employees are given the opportunity to share their experiences and provide feedback regarding all aspects of their work life. By revealing what is working and what is not, FEVS results are used by government leaders and supervisors to guide evaluation and action planning to support and strengthen a culture of employee engagement and organizational performance.
OPM today also made its interactive dashboard -- UnlockTalent.gov -- available to the public for the first time. This innovative digital tool allows users to see the FEVS data in visual formats, allows comparisons among agencies, and also provides trend data. Previously, only Federal managers and leaders were able to access UnlockTalent.gov.
OPM plans to release the full 2015 FEVS report in digital and print formats in October.
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