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Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) Results

2016

The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) is a tool that measures employees' perceptions of whether, and to what extent, conditions characterizing successful organizations are present in their agencies. This year, VA had a 34.1% response rate with over 30,000 VA employees responding from an 89,000 employee sample. After several years of decline, the majority of VA’s FY16 scores experienced slight increases over FY15 results.

Areas of improvement between 2015 and 2016 include:

  • Arbitrary action, personal favoritism and coercion for partisan political purposes are not tolerated.
  • Senior leaders demonstrate support for Work/Life programs.
  • My organization has prepared employees for potential security threats.
  • Employees are recognized for providing high quality products and services.
  • Creativity and innovation are rewarded.

Only one item had small declines between 2015 and 2016 to include:

  • The work I do is important.

2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results (PDF)

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2015

The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) is a tool that measures employees' perceptions of whether, and to what extent, conditions characterizing successful organizations are present in their agencies. Approximately 89,000 VA employees were included in the stratified random sample and over 32,000 responded resulting in a 36% response rate. While scores on all survey questions showed little change between 2014 and 2015, VA employees responded slightly more favorably on several items.

Areas of improvement between 2014 and 2015 include:

  • My performance appraisal is a fair reflection of my performance.
  • My supervisor treats me with respect.
  • I have trust and confidence in my supervisor.
  • In my most recent performance appraisal, I understood what I had to do to be rated at different performance levels.

Areas with small declines include:

  • I have sufficient resources (for example, people, materials, budget) to get my job done.
  • My work unit is able to recruit people with the right skills.
  • In my work unit, steps are taken to deal with a poor performer who cannot or will not improve.
  • How satisfied are you with the training you receive for your present job?

2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results (PDF)

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2014

The Veterans Affairs 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) results are based on over 27,500 respondents (a 33% response rate). The items below highlight the top 10 strengths that identify the best aspects of the VA organizational environment:

  • When needed I am willing to put in the extra effort to get a job done.
  • The work I do is important.
  • I am constantly looking for ways to do my job better.
  • I like the kind of work I do.
  • I know how my work relates to the agency's goals and priorities.
  • I am held accountable for achieving results.
  • How would you rate the overall quality of work done by your work unit?
  • I know what is expected of me on the job.
  • My supervisor treats me with respect.
  • In the last six months, my supervisor has talked with me about my performance.

The items below highlight the 10 biggest challenges that identify areas of improvement in the VA organizational environment:

  • Pay raises depend on how well employees perform their jobs.
  • In my work unit, steps are taken to deal with a poor performer who cannot or will not improve.
  • In my work unit, differences in performance are recognized in a meaningful way.
  • Promotions in my work unit are based on merit.
  • In my organization, senior leaders generate high levels of motivation and commitment in the workforce.
  • Creativity and innovation are rewarded.
  • I have sufficient resources to get my job done.
  • How satisfied are you with your opportunity to get a better job in your organization?
  • Awards in my work unit depend on how well employees perform their jobs.
  • Employees are recognized for providing high quality products and services.

2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results (PDF)

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2013

The results of the 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) are back. Employees across the Federal government took the survey last spring to measure workplace satisfaction, employee engagement, leadership and knowledge management, talent management, and results-oriented performance culture. This year, the percentage of VA employees completing the survey rose from 31% to 38% (29,800 respondents). When the responses were tallied, they showed that VA employees reported high, positive scores on employee job satisfaction. While scores on all survey questions showed very little change between 2012 and 2013, VA employees generally responded slightly more favorably on most items.

Areas of improvement between 2012 and 2013 include:

  • In the last six months, my supervisor/team leader has talked with me about my performance.
  • Satisfaction with Telework.
  • In my most recent performance appraisal, I understood what I had to do to be rated at different performance levels (for example, Fully Successful, Outstanding).

Areas with small declines include:

  • I believe the results of this survey will be used to make my agency a better place to work.
  • My organization has prepared employees for potential security threats.

2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results (PDF)

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2012

The Veterans Affairs 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) results are based on over 13,300 respondents (a 31% response rate). VA saw improvement between 2011 and 2012 survey years on the following FEVS items:

  • How would you rate the overall quality of work done by your work unit?
  • Satisfaction with Telework
  • Satisfaction with Child Care Programs

VA employees did note small declines from 2011 to 2012 in items such as:

  • I like the kind of work I do (although this item was still one of the most highly rated)
  • I have enough information to do my job well

VA employees reported high, positive scores on employee job satisfaction.

2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results (PDF)

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2011

The Veterans Affairs 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) results are based on over 13,700 respondents (a 47% response rate). VA saw statistically significant improvement between 2010 and 2011 survey years on the following Federal Employee Viewpoint survey items:

  • Employees are recognized for providing high-quality products and services
  • Arbitrary action, personal favoritism and coercion for partisan political purposes are not tolerated
  • My supervisor supports my need to balance work and other life issues (agree or strongly agree)
  • Overall, how good a job do you feel is being done by your immediate supervisor/team leader?
  • Managers/supervisors/team leaders work well with employees of different backgrounds
  • Satisfaction with Alternative Work Schedules

VA employees did note small declines from 2010 to 2011 regarding:

  • I like the kind of work I do (although this item was still one of the most highly rated)
  • Satisfaction with Elder Care Programs

VA employees reported high, positive scores on employee satisfaction and workplace perceptions. When scores were lower, such as employee satisfaction with their performance ratings, pay, or promotion opportunities, VA employee scores corresponded to ratings reported in other federal agencies.

2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results (PDF)

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