Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What is it?

The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) is a formal tool administered by the Office of Personnel Management to obtain non-attributional feedback from the federal Civilian workforce. Army senior leaders will review and consider the insight collected to make informed decisions, which impact personnel policies, programs and practices. The 2016 FEVS was released to approximately 74,000 Army Civilians on April 26 and closes on June 16.

Army senior leaders are encouraging its Civilian employees to participate in the survey, which they receive via e-mail. Additionally, all department leaders, managers and supervisors are expected to promote employee participation in the survey. As of the end of May, Army Civilian participation rates are about 57 percent compared to those recorded at this time last year.

What has the Army done?

Based on previous feedback, Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) has:

  • Initiated an effort to identify policy and practices to increase Army Civilian employee engagement with the goal of improving Army Readiness
  • Implemented enhancements to the current developmental programs and established new ones to increase the capabilities of the workforce and to signal to Civilians that their careers and professional abilities are valued
  • Updated other personnel policies
  • Fostered and sustained a culture where commands share best practices and initiate new programs and efforts that better support the Civilian workforce

What continued efforts have been planned for the future?

The Army values feedback from its Civilian workforce, as the department focuses its efforts to provide meaningful work and communications, build and train leaders, enhance accountability, increase workforce focus and recognition. The individuals randomly selected to participate in the survey have the opportunity to amplify the opinions of the Civilian workforce. HQDA and its subordinate commands will consider all feedback and implement approved policy changes to ensure Army Civilians have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Why is this important to the Army?

Army senior leaders use feedback provided through the FEVS to make informed decisions, which have enterprise-wide implications. The Army recognizes that people are its strongest asset, and subsequently, relies on employee feedback to ensure the department is an “employer of choice.”

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