Nearly half of 412 federal employees surveyed say they are uncomfortable or slightly uncomfortable being candid when emailing colleagues and supervisors. The cause? A slight majority say chain of command concerns and personal feelings (e.g., politeness) inhibit candidness. A third say personnel in their agency use personal email for government business at least sometimes, and yet less than a quarter indicate that their agency archives such emails as is mandated.
These are just the top-line findings from Government Business Council's February 2015 survey on internal workplace communication in federal agencies. See the full results, including demographics, below.
Government Business Council released an email-based survey on February 17, 2015 to a random sample of Government Executive, Nextgov, and Defense One print and online subscribers. 412 federal employees completed the survey, including those at the GS/GM-11 to 15 grade levels and members of the Senior Executive Service. 63 percent of respondents are GS/GM-13 and above. Respondents include representatives from at least 30 different departments and agencies, including each of the military service branches. 71 percent are non-DoD federal employees and 28 percent are DoD civilians. The margin of error is +/- 4.8 percentage points for the survey’s population.
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