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Federal Employees News Digest : Dec 2, 2013
Phil Piemonte, Managing Editor E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org What's Inside44 DECEMBER 2, 2013 • VOL. 63, NO. 20 Imminent dangers According to family legend, my great- great-great-something-or-other (on my mother's side) was quite a talker. His last name was Anderson, or Hendrick, or Price. He was a fairly well educated man and he loved to play pranks. One of his last took place in the early 1800s in Ohio, in a little town near Cincinnati. It is important to know that this was a time of great religious unrest and questioning in the United States. As the story goes, my ancestor (let's call him Great Uncle Henry) convinced a number of people that the world was going to end in a couple of months. And that the end would come---in the form of a portal to heaven---on a little hill just outside this small town near Cincinnati. As good a place as any, I guess. Anyhow, a number of people bought the idea. They sold (maybe gave away, who knows?) everything and got their affairs in order. Then on the prescribed day they went to the top of the mountain (Ohio ain't Colorado, so it was really just a hill) and waited. And waited. You guessed it. The world didn't end. Many waited until they got hungry, or it rained. Or something. Then they came down from the mountain (Ohio hill). And went home. Unless, that is, they had sold it along with the cows. Versions vary as to what happened to INSIGHT BY MIKE CAUSEY continued on page 2 For more news...see Federal Daily at www.FederalDaily.com • 'Big Data' saves money 4 • In Brief 6 • Legal Matters 8 • Informed Investor 10 • Federal Benefits Q&A 12 • In Brief 12 continued on page 4 Survey reveals generational differences in federal workforce The Office of Personnel Management's 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey released last month turned up some reveal- ing differences in the attitudes of the vari- ous age groups that make up the federal workforce. For OPM's generational analysis of the survey---which provided feedback from 376,577 federal employees on all aspects of their employment, including opinions of their work experiences, managers and orga- nizations---the agency divided feds into four familiar age groups: Traditionalists (born 1945 or earlier), Baby Boomers (born 1946- 1964), Generation X (born 1965-1980), and Generation Y (born post-1981). While all age groups in the survey regis- ter declining satisfaction over recent years, Traditionalists on average register the highest "global satisfaction" score---which combines satisfaction with job, pay, and organization, plus the willingness to recommend their organization as a good place to work--- with 67 percent, compared with all other groups (59 percent each). Digging deeper, the youngest groups--- Generations Y and X---both have a larger percentage of "low satisfaction" respon- dents---10 percent versus 9 percent for Baby Boomers and a mere 6 percent for Traditionalists. Likewise, the two younger generations show a lower percentage of "high satisfac- tion" respondents, at 40 percent each, com- pared with 41 percent for Boomers and 51 percent for Traditionalists. While these differences may seem slight overall, they may be telling. Recent news stories have also reported, anecdotally, that in the wake of the pay freeze and waves of bad harbingers such as the furloughs, younger federal employees are leaving in larger num- bers than normally anticipated. Reasons vary Virginia Hill, President of the Young Government Leaders (YGL) National Board, recently discussed some of the fac- tors causing young people to sour on federal employment---emphasizing problems in the Traditionalists Baby Boomers Generation X Generation Y Age 68 and older 49-67 33-48 32 and younger Values Hardworking, Dedicated, Loyal Driven, Collaborative, Optimistic Seek Work/Life Balance, Independent Ambitious, Multitask, Team-Oriented Percent of Federal Workforce 1.7% 48.0% 37.5% 12.8% High Satisfaction Group 51% 41% 40% 40% Low Satisfaction Group 6% 9% 10% 10%
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