Seven agencies improved their overall employee engagement scores by four points or more between 2015 and 2016. The Securities and Exchange Commission made the most progress in 2016. At the SEC, 73 percent of the workforce said it was engaged this year, a 5 percent boost over 2015. SEC is also among the top five agencies with the highest overall scores.
|7 Most Improved Large Agencies|
|Securities and Exchange Commission||+5 percent|
|Federal Trade Commission||+4 percent|
|Equal Employment Opportunity Commission||+4 percent|
|Energy Department||+4 percent|
|National Archives and Records Administration||+4 percent|
|Environmental Protection Agency||+4 percent|
|Housing and Urban Development Department||+4 percent|
Source: 2016 FEVS, OPM
Federal employees say they’re generally more engaged at their agencies this year, posting a 65 percent overall engagement score on the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.
It’s a 1 percent boost over last year’s employee engagement score and the second consecutive year of positive increases.
The survey results, which the Office of Personnel Management released to the public Tuesday morning on UnlockTalent.gov, serve as a snapshot of federal employees’ opinions about their jobs, workplaces and leadership.
About 45.8 percent of the workforce, or 407,789 employees, took the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Participation rates this year are down from last year, when roughly 50 percent of the workforce took the survey.
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Many large agencies improved their scores over the previous year by several percentage points, while small agencies fared even better. Seven small agencies saw overall employee engagement scores rise by the double digits.
Federal News Radio culled through the initial results and picked out the most interesting, important or surprising takeaways from the 2016 survey.