Specifically, Risher highlights the gap between federal agency performance and private sector performance on the same metrics.
The annual list is compiled from data “based on the views of more than 498,000 civil servants across the federal government,” while the private sector data is “supplied by survey research firm Mercer | Sirota,” and is based on nearly 4.7 million employee survey responses across more than 120 organizations.
In conducting the private sector survey, Mercer | Sirota compares the data across 28 questions administered in both the federal and private sector surveys.
The results, according to the Partnership for Public Service, which conducts the Best Places to Work survey, show that “while there have been gains in federal employee engagement during the past three years, there is an urgent need for additional progress, especially when comparing the government to the private sector.”
Specifically, “the federal government scores fall below the private sector on all survey questions by an average of 11.3 points. The largest gap—30.9 points—is on the issue of employee voice. Just over one-third of federal employees believe the results of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey will be used to make their organizations better places to work. This compares to 68 percent of private sector employees who believe that leaders will use the results of their surveys to improve the employee experience.”
According to the results, only eight of the fifty surveyed agencies scored at the private sector level or higher, with many common refrains finding a voice, including managers’ and supervisors’ feelings of having their hands tied in making impactful decisions, and the inability to recruit top-level talent due to low morale and unpredictability within agency budgets.