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How gung ho are your co-workers?

According to OPM’s 2011 Employee Viewpoint Survey results, almost all feds agree with this statement: “When needed I am willing to put in the extra effort to get things done.”

Among 265,711 feds who responded to that statement, 32.6 percent agreed with it, and 64.3 percent strongly agreed with it, for a total affirmative response of 96.9 percent.

Another 2.2 percent of respondents were on the fence, and neither agreed nor disagreed. Only 0.5 percent disagreed, and 0.4 percent strongly disagreed.

Applying the math, an overwhelming 257,473 of those 265,711 feds indicated that they would do what it takes to get things done.

The very high percentage certainly makes this result stand out. But since this is a “viewpoint” survey after all, we’re wondering how this plays out in practice.

It seems to beg the question: Do 97 percent of your co-workers really put in the extra effort to get things done? Or would you say it’s closer to 80 percent? Or 70 percent?

What do you think?

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Sep 23, 2011 at 12:13 PM


Reader comments

Mon, Oct 3, 2011

I work in a four man portal office. Two in the a.m. and two in the p.m. My partner is a "I'm for myself" person. First thing he does is to set up his chairs to stretch out and sleep. Gets upset when we get an alarm on the monitor. He offically wakes up at 9a.m. to prepare his snack leaving a mess by the micriwave,then leaves the office to drive to get coffee at exacting 9:30a.m. After being in this office for three years he still doesn't know where or what is in the files needed to perform the job.Unfortunately he's retired from a city police agency from which both of our immediate supervisors are retied from. Favoritism?

Fri, Sep 30, 2011 jt WA

I agree with a previous entry... "...disgusted beyond belief with the sloth, apathy, nepotism, incompetence, complete lack of accountability, favoritism, etc..." and "...management was just as guilty or worse...". Where I work, approximately 80% or more of the workers put forth extra, and double-extra effort to get the job done and done right. We all take pride in our work and believe that we make a difference. But it's extremely difficult when management is constantly putting the workers down, verbally berating them, taking credit for 'others' hard work and accepting huge bonuses and awards for accomplishments done by the workers who are busting their a$$es to meet the unrealistic demands and goals from management that are more focused on their next big $$ award than appreciating and thanking the workers that "actually" do the work. Management thinks of themselves as 'Gods' and nothing and no one can touch them. They rate each other, pat each other on the back and hand each other those big bonuses. The only checks-n-balances that would work would be to have the workers rate their supervisors, like the supervisors rate the workers. There are just as many (actually more) deadbeat management personnel as there are deadbeat workers. I believe in two things: first:: a lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part. And second:: bad workers are not born, they are a product of bad management.

Thu, Sep 29, 2011 West TN

Geez, I agree with several posters here! Where I work there are ALOT of senior positions, GS-11 through GS-14's. In my office, there are 4 GS6's, 1 GS7, 1 GS8, 1 GS9, 1 GS11 and the supervior is a GS-12. There are too many chiefs telling each other what to do and very little getting done. Funny how that works, huh? I am and a majority of the people in my office are on the older side, not yet retirement age but not exactly young either. Only 1 person is 30 years old and she acts like a 15 year old, spending lots of time on personal endeavors such as talking on the phone, reading her Kindle, emailing friends and being on facebook. It is more like 60%/70% of the people in my office even care about their work, it's just a job in which they go home promptly at 1600.

Wed, Sep 28, 2011 Maine

People say they are willing to put in the effort but actions speak louder than words. I think it's more like 60% who put in the extra effort. It's an accountability issue, the slackers get away with it--I have a co-worker who refuses to work overtime and spends many hours during work doing personal business. She will be the first to say she works hard and the first one to take credit for other people's work.

Tue, Sep 27, 2011 SRTX

There are certain groups within most agencies that are and do go the extra mile to ensure that things are done and done safely. In the law enforcement realm, there is a core group of (tactical) agents that go WELL above the average group of other employees. This core group of agents don't receive any extra pay, are gone for days (if not weeks or months) at a time away from their families (who actually pay in terms of keeping the home place afloat), add the stress with added responsibilities, must be in physically fit shape by passing standards of physical fitness on an annual basis along with qualify with their firearms at a higher standard and the list goes on to ensure that enforcement operations are done safely. Others see this core group as a "party" but you won't find those others putting in the extra effort...only complaints. To answer the question posed...yes, there are some of us who do go above and (far) beyond others in the federal workforce.

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