Feds feel job satisfaction
- By Colleen O'Hara
- Mar 30, 2000
Federal employees' overall job satisfaction is about the same as in the
private sector, and it's particularly strong among feds who work for agencies
that have made reinvention a priority, according to results of a new federal
employee survey scheduled to be released today.
Vice President Al Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government
and the Office of Personnel Management sponsored the survey, which is designed
to help agencies assess employee satisfaction and the extent to which reinvention
has taken hold in their organizations.
The survey showed that 84 percent of employees who believe reinvention
is a priority in their office are satisfied with their jobs. The rate is
almost triple the 31 percent satisfaction rate of employees who do not believe
their office makes reinvention a priority.
The survey responses showed that overall job satisfaction in the federal
government — 60 percent — is about the same as for private business, but
federal employees give lower ratings to their immediate supervisors and
to the quality of work produced in their units.
Employees expressed the greatest dissatisfaction with how employee performance
is measured. Two out of three employees believe rewards are based on something
other than merit.
On average, 59 percent of employees said they have electronic access
to information needed to do their jobs.
The agencies receiving the highest overall employee satisfaction ratings:
* Census Bureau
* Environmental Protection Agency
* General Services Administration
* National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
* Office of Personnel Management