Between late April and June, OPM will conduct the 2016 FEVS. This is the 11th year that OPM has administered the survey. In some agencies, the survey is sent to a randomly-selected group of employees. Other agencies opt to administer the survey to all of their employees. Employee participation is voluntary and responses are confidential.
The survey is being administered in two waves: April 26 and May 3. Each agency has a six-week administration period.
The survey asks employees for their views on their work, their agency, their supervisors, their senior leaders, their job satisfaction and work life programs such as telework. NTEU is urging employees to take the survey and outline both the positive and the negative aspects of your work life. Each year, survey results demonstrate how committed federal employees are and how seriously they take their work. The survey also measures employee satisfaction across government.
We ask employees to respond candidly about the impact of inadequate pay raises, budget cuts, lack of promotional opportunities, increased workloads and management actions on your work life.
NTEU recognizes that in some agencies, employees express frustration that each year they take the survey and see little to no action on the results. However, we ask employees to consider the following:
If front-line employees do not take the survey, only managers will take the survey and your voice will not be heard.
The survey results are helpful to us at the bargaining table and in labor-management forums.
The results are also used to compile the annual “Best Places to Work” ratings, which attract significant media coverage.
If there are issues that need to be addressed, we need to keep the pressure on.
The survey is voluntary and takes approximately 25 minutes to complete. Employees should be given time at work to take the survey. Questions can be skipped and responses can be saved so employees can finish at a later time. Responses are confidential.
Please encourage coworkers to take the survey and ensure their voices are heard in every forum.