Federal worker morale drops, says OPM


Federal employee morale shows signs of decline as fewer employees responded positively to questions about job and pay satisfaction in the latest Office of Personnel Management survey of federal employees.

The survey, now annual, shows that only 68 percent of federal employees can say they are very satisfied or satisfied with their job – a figure lower than the 71.5 percent who gave positive responses in 2010 and the 70.7 percent in 2011. Likewise, satisfaction with pay has dropped to 58.8 percent, down from 65.9 percent in 2010 and 62.5 percent in 2011. OPM weighs the responses against sample bias; 687,687 employees completed the survey for a governmentwide response rate of 46.1 percent.

The survey results also show that about half federal employees continue to see a disconnect between salaries and job performance, since 50.3 percent disagree or strongly disagree that pay raises depend on performance. More than a third (37.3 percent) similarly say there's a gulf between job promotions and merit.


However, vast majorities of feds say the work they do is very important (91.2 percent agree or strongly agree) and that they like their work (83.8 percent agree or strongly agree).

Employees are divided on whether creativity and innovation is rewarded, since 38.5 percent give a positive response (agree or strongly agree), while 31.9 percent give a negative response (disagree or strongly disagree).

Telework, meanwhile, is on the rise, with 36.2 percent of employees having been notified that they are eligible for it, and increase over the 27.2 percent who said so in the 2011 survey.  

For more:
- go to the 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey webpage

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