Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® 2011 Rankings Released
It’s that time again when federal agencies who participated in the Partnership for Public Service’s Best Places to Work in Federal Government survey are given the opportunity to analyze their workforce and compare rankings across agencies. During this tough economic climate in which agencies are facing budget constraints and feeling the pressure from the public to optimize productivity, the survey can be a valuable tool.
In general, the survey found that satisfaction among federal workers is down for the first time in four years. It appears that concerns about pay, leadership and departments’ missions are the main factors behind the decline in employee satisfaction. Government-wide, 64 percent of employees were satisfied with their work, a slight drop of 1.5 percentage points, which represents the most significant decline in the history of the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” rankings. Furthermore, morale improved at just 31 of the 308 federal agencies, bureaus, departments and offices in the survey. Consensus among agency leaders is that the decline in employee satisfaction is due to the two year salary freeze and efforts to cut government programs.
Based on the survey results, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) topped the list for large agencies, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and General Accountability Office continue to be staples in the higher ranked large agencies. FDIC is also the most improved agency with a percentage increase of 8.5 points. OPM and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also realized some significant improvement with an overall percentage increase of 5.3 and 3.0, respectively.
Listed below are the workforce areas that the survey analyzes: