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Feds Are Apparently Happier and More Engaged With Work Than Last Year

OPM touts early results of the 2015 survey gauging the government workforce’s attitudes on management and pay.

Federal employees are slightly more satisfied and engaged in their jobs now than they were last year, according to early results from the 2015 governmentwide survey gauging the workforce’s attitudes on morale, management, and compensation.

Sixty-four percent of respondents to the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey said they were “engaged” with their jobs, up from 63 percent across government in 2014. The employee engagement section of FEVS assesses respondents’ opinions on their supervisors, agency leadership and the intrinsic work experience. “The change is statistically significant and many individual agencies experienced larger gains,” said a press release Monday from the Office of Personnel Management.

Employees also are more satisfied with their jobs and pay in 2015: The FEVS global satisfaction score, which measures workers’ happiness with pay, their individual jobs and the overall organization, rose to 60 percent from 59 percent in 2014.

More than 400,000 employees from 82 federal agencies responded to this year’s survey. OPM will publish the full results in October.

Several agencies reported much higher engagement and satisfaction scores among employees. For instance, the Office of Management and Budget saw a 9 percent increase in global satisfaction between 2014 and 2015 to an overall score of 75 percent. The Homeland Security Department, however, lost some ground in that area, with 47 percent reporting overall satisfaction with their jobs and pay, down 1 percent between this year and last year.

Drilling down into the global satisfaction scores, 70 percent of NASA employees said they were satisfied with their pay – the highest percentage governmentwide among respondents at large agencies. The Federal Trade Commission was at the other end of the spectrum, with 47 percent of respondents saying they were happy with their compensation.

Click here to view the employee engagement and global satisfaction scores governmentwide and at specific agencies. 

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