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Federal Employees News Digest : Dec. 3, 2012
Phil Piemonte, Managing Editor E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org What's Inside44 December 3, 2012 • Vol. 62, No. 21 Morale dips, but feds remain committed, survey shows The widest-reaching annual survey of federal employees shows a dip in morale--- although one that is a little less marked than in 2011---and a continuing commit- ment by feds to their jobs The 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey was released in November by the Office of Personnel Management. The survey consulted more than 687,000 fed- eral employees, covering more employees and more topics than any other FEVS the agency has conducted since the survey debuted in 2002, OPM said. In one of the most general survey cat- egories, 66 percent of feds report posi- tive overall "job satisfaction"---down slightly from 68 percent the year before. Nonetheless, the survey continues to report the vast majority of feds---80 per- cent this year---"like the work they do, understand how their work relates to the agency's goals and priorities, and rate the overall quality of the work done by their unit as high," according to OPM. "These results show that federal employees continue to be as dedicated to their agencies, their mission, and public service as ever before," said OPM Director John Berry. Those positive findings persist, OPM noted, "notwithstanding a very slight decline in morale from the highs of recent years." Satisfaction drop analyzed Part of that decline was evidenced in the survey's measure of government-wide "global satisfaction," which combines four other measures: employees' willingness to recommend their organization as a good place to work, and their satisfaction with their job, their pay and their organization. Overall, the measure of global satisfaction declined 3 percent in the 2012 survey, after posting gains between 2008 and 2011. All of the measures that make up the global satisfaction measure declined as well. Employees' willingness to recom- mend their organization as a good place to work dropped by 2 percent, with 67 percent of employees reporting positive responses. Employees' satisfaction with their job and organization fell 3 percent each, to 68 percent and 59 percent posi- tive, respectively. And only 59 percent of employees expressed satisfaction with pay, a 4 percent drop from the prior year, and the lowest level since the 2004 survey. While OPM downplayed those results, one federal employee union characterized them as an indication of a "disturbing trend." "Federal employees are as committed as ever to their jobs and the missions of their agencies, but recent attacks on pay, retire- ment and an uncertain political climate have led to declines in morale, a hazard- ous trend for our nation," stated a reac- tion to the survey issued by the National Treasury Employees Union. Bridging the gap During my long (a fact) and illus- trious (up for debate) newspaper career, I headed our union for two years. The job was officially called Unit Chairman. Ours was the largest newspaper, by far, in the region and the union represented the largest unit within the building. Membership was man- datory, up to a point. Under the deal we had, three of every four new hires had to join the union. Or they didn't get hired. Our union, the Newspaper Guild, represented reporters, editors, photog- raphers and administrative employees from the accounting department and sales staff. Other unions, those representing printers, engravers, sterotypers (crafts that have all disappeared at news- papers) were smaller but stronger. Membership was compulsory, and if any two of the craft unions went out on strike, they could shut down opera- tions. In the case of our union, with its three-out-of-four rule, management could pick who had to go into the union and which one of four new hires INSIGHT BY MIKE CAUSEY continued on page 2 For more news...see Federal Daily at www.FederalDaily.com • Coalition: Spare feds 4 • In Brief 4 • Informed Investor 7 • Federal Benefits Q&A 8 • Thrift Savings Plan Share Prices 8 continued on page 3
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