Partnership Releases Best Places to Work Rankings

The Surface Transportation Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have been named the best places to work among small agencies, mid-size agencies and large agencies, respectively, according to the newly released “Best Places to Work” rankings released by the Partnership for Public Service.

 A primary factor that distinguishes the top-ranked agencies from the lower-ranked agencies is leadership, the Partnership said.

“Many people think the frontline supervisors are the ones that drive satisfaction, but our data tells us that senior leadership is the most important factor,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, at an event Thursday celebrating the release of the rankings. “About 60 percent of the change in an agency is driven by the employees’ perspective of their management. Good leadership can make the biggest difference and have the most impact.”

Agencies were broken down by size and ranked out of a possible 100 points. The top five small agencies were the Surface Transportation Board (84.3 points), the Congressional Budget Office (84.2), Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (82.4), Peace Corps (81.5) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (80.5). The top five mid-size agencies were the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (83.3), the Government Accountability Office (75.7), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (75.5), the Smithsonian Institution (75.5) and the Federal Trade Commission (74.3). The top five large agencies were the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (72.8), the Intelligence Community (70.8), the Department of State (68.2), the Department of Commerce (67.9) and the Environmental Protection Agency (67.6).

The Partnership said it hopes agencies will dig in and use the survey’s results to see what areas it can improve upon.

“What you all are trying to achieve cannot be measured by financial metrics,” Stier said. “We don’t have stock prices. By and large, most of the work done by the federal government cannot be measured simply by dollars and cents. But what we do know is that when we have engaged employees, we have better performance. What we’ve tried to do with the Best Places to Work rankings is to give all of you the tools that will enable you to better manage your agencies by giving you real data on what your employees have to say about your agencies, and very importantly, benchmarking that across government.”

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