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Work-Life Federal Work-Life Survey



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The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) administered the first Governmentwide Federal Work-Life Survey from January to March 2017, in support of efforts to develop and sustain an engaged, innovative, and productive Federal workforce. Our commitment to workplace flexibilities and employee wellness makes the Federal Government an ideal place for employees to build their careers and cultivate fulfilling lives outside the workplace.

The Federal Work-Life Survey offered an unprecedented opportunity to evaluate the relationship between work-life programs and organizational benefits, and answered questions about how Federal programs compare to similar private sector programs. The data collected also help individual agencies understand their employees' work-life needs and priorities, allowing senior leaders and managers to make evidence-based decisions about support for and investments in these programs. Furthermore, the Governmentwide results were analyzed to identify and share high-performing programs, common barriers, and recommendations to create a work environment that supports the success of organizations and its employees. To view results, download full report located below.


OPM developed the survey sample by using a stratified random sampling method to obtain generalizable results intended to represent the Federal Government. A total of 64,474 employees responded to the survey out of the 196,489 to whom it was sent, for a response rate of 37%. Survey participants represent 101 headquarter and level one component agencies/departments within the Executive Branch across the Federal Government. Full–time and part–time permanent, non–seasonal and seasonal employees were eligible to participate in the survey. Data were weighted to produce survey estimates that represent all federal employees by demographic characteristics (gender, age, ethnicity, etc.).

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