Most federal employees consistently say their agency’s mission motivates them to come to work everyday. Now, some agencies say a mission-focused approach to employee engagement is giving them better insight into workforce challenges, and it’s starting to pay off in the Best Places to Work rankings.
The Office of Personnel Management released the full results of the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which give greater insight into federal employees’ thoughts on their leaders and supervisors, overall job satisfaction and training and development opportunities. OPM this year focused on making comparisons of agencies by size. Specifically, OPM broke down organizations’ results by very large, large, medium, small and very small agencies. The report gives a more detailed view of agencies’ progress on employee engagement and inclusion.
In the case of federal employee engagement, a 1 percent change means something is going on. That’s what happened in the most recent Federal Employment Viewpoint Survey. For an interpretation, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to Tim McManus, chief operating officer of the Partnership for Public Service.
At first glance, this year’s results of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey might not show many significant improvements. But several large and small agencies, including the Housing and Urban Development Department and the Office of Special Counsel, made noticeable improvements in employee engagement this year.
The federal workforce is slightly more engaged this year than it was in 2015. Though there were few surprises at the top and bottom of the rankings among large agencies, several small agencies made large strides and improvements. Here are six of the most important, surprising or interesting takeaways from the initial results of the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.
When labor-management relationships are strong, employee engagement improves, federal union leaders said during a discussion at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service conference in Chicago. Union leaders say their partnerships with agencies have improved over the past eight years, but the success of those partnerships too often depends on the administration.
The Veterans Affairs Department says it’s earning back trust and confidence from the veterans it serves, and employee engagement within the department is also improving. This comes roughly 10 days before the VA Commission on Care is expected to pitch a major overhaul to the department’s health care and personnel systems.
Federal News Radio wants to hear from millennials in the federal workforce: what do you like best about your job? What influences you to stay in government, or what might impact your decision to leave? If you’re over age 35, tell us what your agency is doing to recruit and retain young talent.
Whether it’s cybersecurity or acquisition or collaboration, the Homeland Security Department is trying to improve how employees feel about the department. Russ Deyo, DHS’ undersecretary of management, tells executive editor Jason Miller on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about his effort to turn the tide on employee engagement.
Russ Deyo, DHS’ undersecretary for management, is holding each of the department’s components accountable for specific plans, milestones and approaches that focus on root causes of employee dissatisfaction.