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Thursday, October 12, 2017
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OPM Announces 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) today released government-wide results from the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS), which allowed government employees to share their opinions about what matters most to them, and gave them the opportunity to let their leadership know how they feel about their job, their supervisor, and their agency. 

The 2017 FEVS Government-wide Management Report presents an overview of this year’s survey results and highlights notable achievements, including the following:

-      486,105 employees responded to the survey, representing 80 Federal agencies.

-      Overall Employee Engagement is at 67, the highest level since 2011.

-      The New IQ (the Diversity and Inclusion index) is at 60, the highest level since the index was first reported.

-      The Global Satisfaction Index score is 3 percentage points higher at 64, compared to 61 in 2016.

Across the core FEVS items, nearly 100 percent remained the same or increased from last year, with the largest increases found in supervisory relationships, management communication among work units, and organizational satisfaction. The highest positively rated items continue to highlight employees’ perceptions from last year, including willingness to exert extra effort to get the job done, looking for ways to do a job better, and a belief that their work is important.

“FEVS results point the way to stronger workplaces,” said OPM Acting Director Kathy McGettigan. “The ongoing actions of Federal leadership and employees are key to building on the positive gains we have made over the last few years, while addressing areas in need of improvement.”

The 2017 survey was identical to 2016’s version, grouping survey items into eight topic areas: Personal Work Experiences, Work Unit, Agency, Supervisor, Leadership, Satisfaction, Work/Life Programs, and Demographics. Agencies analyze this data, to take note of trends and changes overall and at lower levels, to use this knowledge to develop and implement action plans for agency improvement, and to support and strengthen a culture of employee and organizational performance.

Visit the OPM Director's Blog to get more insight on the 2017 FEVS government-wide results.

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