Sunday, July 12, 2015

Workplace satisfaction gap grows between SES and staff

Federal News Radio – “Members of the Senior Executive Service report much higher satisfaction at their agencies than the employees who work for them, a new report finds. Using numbers from its study, 2014 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, researchers from the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte Consulting LLP found the satisfaction gap between federal employees and SES doubled on issues of performance management such as promotion fairness, recognition for good work and discipline for underperforming workers. “This big divide suggests that senior executives need to take steps to address this divergence of views if they expect to connect with and motivate their workforce,” the report said.The findings are based on the views of more than 392,000 respondents who participated in the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, including more than 4,900 of the 7,200 total members of the SES.”
See also this related data from the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government – “Designed to help a broad audience of government leaders, employees and job seekers, the 2014 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings include the views of more than 392,700 civil servants on a wide range of workplace topics. More than 389 federal organizations are ranked according to overall employee satisfaction and commitment, as well as on 10 additional workplace issues such as strategic management, teamwork, leadership and work–life balance.”

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Television veteran Ray Martin is facing calls to step down from an editorial audit of the ABC's Q&Aprogram, after he described a government boycott of the program as "silly" and backed the impartiality of host Tony Jones. Martin said on Tuesday that some of the "rants and raves" following former terror suspect and convicted criminal Zaky Mallah's appearance on the program had been "crazy". 
Ray Martin and QA