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Job Satisfaction High Among Government Workers

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By Joe Davidson
Friday, January 9, 2009

Federal workers like their jobs.

That's one major finding in the 2008 Federal Human Capital Survey the Office of Personnel Management released yesterday.

More than 210,000 workers participated in the survey. Ninety-one percent said the work they do is important, and 84 percent said they like what they do.

Every two years since 2002, OPM has surveyed federal employees to gauge their attitudes in four areas: leadership and knowledge management, results-oriented performance culture, talent management and job satisfaction.

The survey identified the top 10 agencies in each of those categories. When it comes to job satisfaction, the winners are: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Management and Budget, National Science Foundation, NASA, State Department, Agency for International Development, Social Security Administration, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Justice Department.

Nancy Kichak, an associate OPM director, made special note of the small court services agency, citing its presence in each of the four categories. It "has improved dramatically," she said.

But everything isn't great in the federal workplace. When it comes to rewarding workers or addressing poor performance, federal agencies did not fare very well.

Only 26 percent of the respondents said performance and pay raises are linked. Only 40 percent said employees are rewarded for creativity and innovation. Just 30 percent believe steps are taken to address poor performance. And about 30 percent believe "performance differences are recognized in a meaningful way."

Go to http://www.fhcs2006.opm.gov to see the survey results.

Application Deadline

Have you ever seen a job announcement that gives you the feeling there's really no point in applying, no matter how great the position may seem or how well-qualified you are for it?

The Department of Homeland Security has an opening for the deputy assistant commissioner for public affairs that pays $120,830 to $153,2000 annually. It's an important, big-time gig, and the job notice says the public may apply.

But job seekers may be excused if they missed the opportunity.


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