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Government, not a great place to work and getting worse

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There is a report today based on a survey from the Office of Personnel Management called the “Federal Employee Viewpoint”. A synopsis is published in the Washington Post which indicates that government workers don’t like their employer.

Here are obvious reasons why:

  • Government employer shut down
  • Government employer went out of business
  • Government employer messes with employee pay
  • Government employer messes with employee pension
  • Citizens don’t like the leadership
  • Employees don’t like the leadership
  • Government direction isn’t positive
  • Private sector alternatives are best

At a time when citizens are increasingly more dependent upon government, the situation of having dissatisfied employees should be of much concern. Their dissatisfaction translates into deficient performance that affects everyone.

Since the survey transcends presidencies, it is easy to compare Bush to Obama. They are about the same from employees’ viewpoint.

That probably correlates with what citizens are feeling these days too. If you want to see the charts and graphs, go here:

“Government-wide Scores

The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings offer the most comprehensive assessment of how federal public servants view their jobs and workplaces, providing insights into worker satisfaction and commitment on issues ranging from leadership and pay to innovation and work–life balance.

The rankings alert leaders to signs of trouble and provide a roadmap to help improve organizational performance and better manage our government’s most important asset—its employees.

The rankings are based on data from the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). The FEVS was completed by more than 376,000 permanent executive branch employees from April 23 through June 14, 2013. The Best Places to Work rankings also include several agencies that do not participate in the FEVS but that conduct comparable employee surveys.

Private Sector Comparison


The 2013 Best Places to Work data present a disturbing picture of federal employees throughout the government who are increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs and workplaces. Government-wide, the federal employee job satisfaction and commitment level dropped for the third year in a row, tumbling 3 points to a score of 57.8 on a scale of 100. This represents the lowest overall Best Places to Work score since the rankings were first launched in 2003, and follows a 3.2-point drop in 2012 and a 1-point decline in 2011. In contrast, private-sector employee satisfaction improved by 0.7 points in 2013 to a score of 70.7, according to Hay Group. Federal agencies have lagged behind the private sector when it comes to worker satisfaction with their jobs and organizations for the past five years, when data became available for comparison.”



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