Report: Women less empowered in federal jobs

Male and female federal employees give their workplaces similar ratings overall, but women feel less empowered and say they are treated less fairly on the job, according to a new report.

The information on diversity and inclusion was drawn from the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government analysis of 2012 data collected by the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

On the Best Places to Work index, prepared by the Partnership for Public Service and the Deloitte consulting firm, male employees give the federal workplace a rating of 64.3 on a scale of 100, compared to 63.9 for women.

On fairness, women rate the workplace at 51.6, compared to 55.8 for men. The gap is a little narrower on empowerment, 46.0 for women and 49.6 for men.

“As the federal government continues to serve a more diverse population, it will be increasingly important for agency leaders and managers to foster an inclusive workplace that inspires and rewards diverse views and thinking,” according to the report. “Progress will occur when leaders take greater personal responsibility and accountability, when diversity is more fully incorporated in recruiting and hiring, and when employees from diverse backgrounds have increased access to career development opportunities.”

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Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.



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