November 28, 2012

Federal Workers Not Feeling the Love

Salary freezes, tight budgets and a dim view of federal work held by many Americans have soured the motivation and commitment of many government employees, according to a survey released on November 21. Federal employees still think that their jobs are important, and many are passionate and dedicated to their agency’s mission, reports the Washington Post. But increasing threats to their pay and benefits and criticism of their work during the national debate over government spending have taken a toll on morale, results of the Employee Viewpoint Survey show.

“Today’s federal leaders are facing significant challenges in keeping the workforce motivated and engaged in light of frozen salaries, slashed budgets, and recent public sentiment toward federal employees,” John Berry, the government’s personnel chief, wrote in the introduction to the survey, which was posted on the Office of Personnel Management’s Web site.