By Sharon Walker, Command Information OfficerMay 4, 2017
The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey is an annual government-wide survey that measures federal employees' perceptions about work life areas that drive employee satisfaction, engagement and retention in the workforce.
Unlike some surveys when results are hard to find, you'll have the opportunity to see and read how you and your colleagues respond.
In the 2016 FEVS, feedback on intrinsic work experience, supervisors and leaders, Army responded with improvements to training, best practices and changed behaviors among other things.
Survey questions reflect what most Army civilians already think about their work with the Army: pride, honor and sense of purpose, dedication, commitment and mission-mindedness.
Glenn Wait, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Chief of Staff, said he is a proponent of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, adding that the time spent filling in the survey is worth it.
"The only way to change things or make improvements is for engaged Army civilians to ensure that their voices are heard, and this survey provides that opportunity," he said.
"I know Army civilians are engaged and 'all in' when it comes to the Army. They, like their military partners, raise their right hand and swear an oath to the nation -- they are true professionals.
"When employees are engaged at work," Wait said, "they feel a greater connection to the organization and are therefore more likely to be innovators and produce quality work, not only a benefit to the employee, but to the enterprise as a whole.
"Don't sit on the sidelines and complain about the game! This is your opportunity to let your voice be heard."
All full- or part-time, permanent, non-seasonal civilian employees working for the Army as of October 2016 are eligible to fill out the survey. Within that population, 25 percent will receive a FEVS survey invitation via email.
The survey link will start with the URL: https://feedback.opm.gov and will come from one of two email addresses -- EVAR@OPM.GOVD (Department of Army) or EVAC@OPM.GOV (USACE). The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete.
In order to preserve anonymity and confidentiality of responses, OPM does not provide the Army with individual results; all results are reported in aggregate form.