6 takeaways from the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

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.

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.

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