Overview

Each year, each executive agency is required to conduct an annual employee survey, as required under 5 CFR §250.302. There are 45 prescribed items that must be asked to meet the requirement, but agencies can add additional questions. Many agencies, including the Department of Labor, fulfill this requirement through the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) administered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The FEVS contains 84 items, as well as demographic questions. The FEVS was administered to all eligible1 DOL employees between April 28, 2015 and June 5, 2015.

Response Rates

DOL's response rate was 76.5%, the third highest response rate among all large agencies. The government-wide response rate was 49.7%.

 

DOL FEVS Response Rates: 2012 - 2015

2012

2013

2014

2015

49.6%

44.7%

71.7%

76.5%

 

 

The five DOL sub-agencies with the highest response rates in 2015 were: the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) at 97.7%; the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) at 94.1%; the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) at 91.2%; the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) at 90.8%; and the Womens Bureau at 90.7%.

 

Data

A data file containing DOL-wide results for all of the FEVS items, including demographics, can be accessed here.

Results

Overall results of DOL's 2015 FEVS are the highest they have been during the 2012 — 2015 time period.

Employee Engagement: The employee engagement index is comprised of three sub-indices — Leaders Lead, Supervisors, and Intrinsic Work Experience — each composed of 5 items2. In 2015, DOL achieved the highest positive percent on the Employee Engagement Index during the period shown. Among DOL sub-agencies, 18 of 23 experienced positive increases in their Employee Engagement Index scores. The sub-agencies with the top three Employee Engagement Index Scores were the Office of the Secretary (OSEC) at 76%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) at 74%, and the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) at 73%.

 

DOL FEVS Employee Engagement Index Scores: 2012 - 2015

2012

2013

2014

2015

64%

62%

64%

67%

 

 

Global Satisfaction: The Global Satisfaction Index is comprised of four questions: Q69. Considering everything, how satisfied are you with your job?; Q70. Considering everything, how satisfied are you with your pay?; Q71. Considering everything, how satisfied are you with your organization?; Q40. I recommend my organization as a good place to work. DOL's 2015 Global Satisfaction Index score has increased 3% in comparison to 2012 results. Among DOL sub-agencies, 17 experienced positive increases in their scores. The sub-agencies with the top three Global Satisfaction Index scores were OSEC at 76%, BLS at 70%, and the Office of the Solicitor (SOL) at 69%.

 

 

DOL FEVS Global Satisfaction Index Scores: 2012 - 2015

2012

2013

2014

2015

61%

57%

60%

64%


 

Footnotes

1Eligible employees were permanent, non-seasonal, full- and part-time employees on-board the agency as of October 31st, 2014.

2Employee Engagement Sub-Indices: Leaders Lead Sub-Index (Q53. In my organization, leaders generate high levels of motivation and commitment in the workforce; Q54. My organization's leaders maintain high standards of honesty and integrity; Q56. Managers communicate the goals and priorities of the organization; Q60. Overall, how good a job do you feel is being done by the manager directly above your immediate supervisor/team leader?; Q61. I have a high level of respect for my organization's senior leaders. Supervisors Sub-Index (Q47. Supervisors/team leaders in my work unit support employee development; Q48. My supervisor/team leader listens to what I have to say; Q49. My supervisor/team leader treats me with respect; Q51. I have trust and confidence in my supervisor; Q52. Overall, how good a job do you feel is being done by your immediate supervisor/team leader?). Intrinsic Work Experiences Sub-Index (Q3. I feel encouraged to come up with new and better ways of doing things; Q4. My work gives me a feeling of personal accomplishment; Q6. I know what is expected of me on the job; Q11. My talents are used well in the workplace; Q12. I know how my work relates to the agency's goals and priorities).