The 2018 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey is open now through June 19 to most Huntsville Center employees.
FEVS is designed to measure employee satisfaction with respect to the organization’s leadership, work processes, policies, work/life programs and other areas. The survey, which is confidential, is being sent to eligible employees from firstname.lastname@example.org and takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.
Because this year’s FEVS is designated as a census survey, it is open to a significantly higher percentage of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees than non-census years, according to Valerie Ward, human resources strategic adviser. Last year, for example, the survey was open to only about 25 percent of Huntsville Center employees. This year it is available to all permanent employees who were on board as of Oct. 1, 2017.
Gina M. Elliott, Huntsville Center deputy commander, urged all employees who received an email from email@example.com to take a small portion of their day to complete the survey.
“At [Huntsville Center], we use the survey results to improve our workplace,” Elliott wrote in an email to the workforce. “In the past we have conducted focus groups to focus on your main areas of concern. These areas cover senior leadership engagement, your work environment, your satisfaction with the organization and your commitment to the mission of this organization.”
Col. John Hurley, Huntsville Center commander, compared the process to voting.
“Casting a vote is voicing how you want your government to run,” Hurley said. “Similarly, completing a survey is letting your leadership know what is going well so we can best allocate resources, identify areas that are most important to you, and find areas where we have opportunities to improve.”
Participants will also have the option of filling out a second survey that OPM is using to improve upon the existing FEVS.
To learn more about the survey, including past results, visit www.opm.gov/fevs.