The nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service released the results of the 2016 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings yesterday, placing the Department of State in fourth place overall among the 18 large federal agencies. The Department of State scored 66.8 this year, an increase of .5 over last year’s satisfaction score of 66.3. The Department scored especially high in the areas of employee skills-mission match (77.5) and teamwork (69.1). Positive feedback from employees has placed the agency in the top five best places to work for the past five years.
The Best Places to Work rankings – which reflect federal employee satisfaction and commitment to their workplace – are based on responses from 407,789 federal workers in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. It is the most comprehensive assessment of how federal employees perceive their jobs and agencies, providing insights into issues ranging from leadership and pay, to teamwork and work-life balance. The rankings include 379 federal organizations.
Department of State leadership pays close attention to the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and other employee survey results to refine and develop programs and policies that help our employees meet today’s foreign policy demands. New performance management, career development, work-life wellness, and training programs have all been launched as a result of the feedback our employees provide us through this instrument. For example, the New Inclusion Quotient (IQ) is currently being piloted to help promote engagement with and among employees. To view all the rankings and analyses of the results, visit http://www.bestplacestowork.org.
Source: U.S. State Department.