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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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OPM Releases Complete 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) today released the complete Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results for 2015. The report contains the scores for the three major indices – employee engagement, global job satisfaction, and workplace inclusion – as well as supporting details from the survey and the trend lines for individual agencies over the past few years. This year’s survey was administered from April to May 2015, with 421,748 employees from 82 agencies participating.

The report provides a first look at this year’s scores for the New Inclusion Quotient (New IQ), which is a measure of employees’ sense of inclusion in their workplaces – meaning how fair, open, cooperative, supporting and empowering they perceive their workplaces to be. The New IQ score rose by 1 percent government-wide to 57 percent. That small but statistically significant increase is important because employees who feel a strong sense of inclusion are better performers on the job and contribute more of their talents to the vital public service missions of their agencies.

The New IQ increase also tracks the improvement OPM saw in the employee engagement and global job satisfaction indices in two earlier releases of the FEVS results in recent weeks. Both engagement and global job satisfaction rose by 1 percentage point over 2014, to 64 percent and 60 percent, respectively. Employee engagement is defined as an employee’s sense of purpose, manifest in the level of dedication, persistence, and effort that he or she puts into the work and into the overall commitment to an agency and its mission.

“When I dove into the full report, I was especially gratified by the progress made by individual agencies,” said OPM Acting Director Beth Cobert. “For example, since last year, 30 of the 37 large departments and agencies made gains in their scores measuring job satisfaction, which includes how satisfied employees are with their jobs, their pay, and their organizations.”

Several agencies truly excelled in their internal efforts, such as the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, which made double-digit gains in all three indices. The agency credited the increase to better communication, employee recognition programs and greater focus on relationships with senior leaders.

The survey also highlighted the importance of work-life programs for Federal employees. In 2015, satisfaction with telework increased to 78 percent, up 1 percent from last year. “The growth of telework across government continues, and I encourage every agency to consider it as a vital workforce tool,” said Cobert. “Employees are also just as, if not more, satisfied than last year with their employee assistance programs, alternative work schedules, and health and wellness programs.”

Federal employees and the public can now explore the 2015 FEVS on their own with OPM’s terrific digital resource,

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