Skip to comments.At federal government agencies, survey finds sagging job satisfaction
Posted on 12/13/2012 1:54:37 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Its no secret that federal workers are feeling worn down. Theyve had their salaries frozen and are at the center of a partisan debate over the value of their work.
A report due out Thursday, based on the largest sample ever of the workforce of 2 million, confirms a steady decline in morale and ebbing commitment.
Despite positive feedback at some agencies, job satisfaction across the government has hit its lowest point in almost a decade. Just 52.9 percent of employees at the sprawling Department of Homeland Security, for example, are satisfied with their jobs, making it the lowest-ranked large agency, followed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The seventh annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings pose a challenge for the Obama administration as President Obama, who pledged to reinvigorate federal work and make government cool again, embarks on a second term.
Even workers at layoff-battered private companies are more optimistic than government employees, who historically have had far more job security, the survey by the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service found.
Still, most federal workers say they are committed to the missions of their agencies.
We work for a horrible agency, but we do great work, said Ricky D. McCoy, a transportation security officer at Chicago OHare International Airport and president of Local 777 of the American Federation of Government Employees. Just 32 percent of employees at the Transportation Security Administration, part of DHS, are satisfied with their pay, which is among the lowest in the government.
McCoy said he expects the TSAs first collective-bargaining agreement, signed in November, to improve morale. Were hopeful now that things will turn in our direction, he said.
DHS, which was created after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has suffered from high turnover in top jobs.
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Please, please, please quit!
Quick with the tiny violin, playing sad songs.
“Just 32 percent of employees at the Transportation Security Administration, part of DHS, are satisfied with their pay, which is among the lowest in the government.”
Gee, don’t they get to steal enough from passengers. Don’t they enjoy harassing honest citizens.
Let them try to do a real job where you have real responsibilities and you meet your goals or else you lose your job. See how long these TSA clowns last in a real job.
Yeah federal workers - go ahead and lay tears as big as horse turds.
Count my alligator tears, you won’t even need one finger I promise
Homeland Security should have never become a Department and should be closed along with Energy, Education,and Interior.
I know what you're thinking:
Federal Workers have value?
Lacking ethics, creativity, genius, prudence, faith, honesty, curiosity, and enthusiasm is not human. The vast majority of the “people” in this world are living in total darkness.
Yes, an exponentially negative value.
Considering that tens of thousands of TSA agents have been paid billions of dollars and not stopped a single terrorist, but terrorize passengers, this is the only good new in the article!
I think you guys are painting with a pretty broad brush. Not all federal employees sit around all day with their feet up on the desk, playing solitaire. That type of person certainly abounds in the federal work force; that is result of weak-to-non existing leadership. I spent 33 years as fed employee and spent a lot of time in less-than-desireable posts, and “donated” a lot of time. I’ve never belonged to any union; in fact I didn’t even learn about federal employee’s unions until after I retired. I’m sure I’m speaking for a lot of my former colleagues.
Then quit! There are plenty of takers standing in line for a “job” of doing a job on the people.
Mrs. VanShuyten works for the Fed and is very good at her job, but hardly a week goes by without her coming home and muttering about how incompetent and/or uncaring many of her coworkers and managers are. She has pretty much given up on pointing out ways to improve the operation, mostly because of the friction that causes. Her morale is lower than when she started, for sure.
Right on, Ax!