OPM Launches 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

By on April 5, 2011 in Current Events with 10 Comments

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) launched the 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (EVS), an innovative tool that measures employees’ perceptions of success within their agencies. The EVS addresses organizational climate, culture and engagement issues. Participants answer questions concerning experiences with their work unit and agency, as well as their views on their supervisor/manager and agency leaders. This year’s survey included expanded sections on telework and work/life, two priority areas for the Obama administration.

“The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey is crucial to helping agencies understand how to improve their work environment to increase productivity and provide better service to the American people,” said OPM Director John Berry. “Our employees are our most valuable resources, and engaging them is critical. The EVS allows us to do just that.”

The Survey:

  • Indicates how well the Federal Government is managing its people.
  • Serves as a tool for OPM to assess individual agencies and their progress on strategic human capital management.
  • Gives senior managers critical information to answer the question: “What can I do to make my agency work better?”

The EVS is administered by email to full-time, permanent employees of 43 departments and large agencies, and 41 small, independent agencies. The survey will run from April to May, 2011 and the results will be available late this summer. Approximately 550,000 employees will be invited to participate in this survey. The survey was first administered in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008 as the Federal Human Capital Survey (FHCS). It was renamed the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey in 2010. Beginning in 2011 the EVS will be administered every year.

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