Between late April and June, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will conduct the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (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, like FDA, 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 our work life. Each year, survey results demonstrate how committed federal employees are and how seriously we take our work. The survey also measures employee satisfaction across government.
Please respond candidly about the impact of inadequate pay raises, budget cuts, lack of promotional opportunities, increased workloads, and management actions on your work life.
I recognize that here in FDA, many of you express frustration that each year we take the survey and see little to no action on the results. However, please 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. Supervisors should give you time at work to take the survey. Questions can be skipped and responses can be saved so you can finish the survey at a later time if needed. Again, your responses are confidential.
I also appreciate your efforts to encourage your colleagues to take the survey and ensure their voices are heard in every forum.