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The 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey finds commitment strong, but morale declining.

What: The Office of Personnel Management's "2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results" shares the perspectives of government workers on supervision, leadership and a host of special topics, such as teleworking and part-time employment.

Why: OPM has conducted the survey annually since 2002. This year, more than 687,000 federal employees participated, the highest number so far. Although specific results vary by agency and even among agency components, the report concludes that feds are hardworking, motivated and mission-focused. However, satisfaction with pay and overall morale have declined.

Verbatim: "This year the steady trend of improvement has changed; governmentwide scores have dropped on every index, and 36 items decreased between two and five percentage points from 2011 to 2012. While the federal workforce still holds strong and positive views on many critical items, the combined voices of more than 687,000 employees cannot be dismissed."

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Reader comments

Mon, Sep 14, 2015

Telework is about the only way to stay sane in the current federal setting.

Fri, Aug 14, 2015 Govie worker bee Far from DC

Ever since Bush was Prez the quality of management (I refuse to call it leadership) in Government is declined. Under Obumer it's only gotten worse. It now appears that Washington DC actively recruits village idiots to fill its SES and Appointee ranks...

Fri, Jul 10, 2015

We keep getting more work piled on top of more work and then they tell you that we are not time managing our jobs. Get real. Now they have us punching time clocks which only made it worse cause you have to make sure you clock in ahead of time and leave on time cause as government employees we get no overtime or if you are part of IT they tell you it is part of your job to work late when needed with no compensation. I wish someone would get a hold of this people and take them to court. This sorry excuse of at will employees is a bunch of BS and it is putting a lot of people in a stress mode. We have such big discrepencies across the areas that it is tearing us apart. Then you have to make sure your work orders meet 8 hours days, so where is our breaks and restroom time. There is too much labor abuse in the government that no wonder you can not keep up the good employees. Inventory, is crazy keeping up with pencils, pens, mices, etc,,,,you name has gotten out of hand. Then not even being able to just unload excess equipment without going to the red tape of paper work, no wonder we have piles of warehouse all over the country that just sits there and rots and becomes a hazard. The fleecing of America at it's best!

Wed, Jan 15, 2014

We are in a down fall and we can not get up cause we have to many humane society's dictating what is our rights. We have lost site of what is right and wrong. Sure we should be Christians and care for people but they should also help themselves by doing what is right for them. I had a supervisor tell me that if IT works late that is part of there contract and no comp time is allowed. Where did we miss the boat, you work your 8 hours and any time after that is paid or given as comp time. OPM really needs to address this with all goverment agencies, cause that will show that we work our time plus more.

Wed, Jul 10, 2013

How the h..., do you want us to be productive no incentives, no raises, more work. It is me but everyone above me stupid......

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