Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey gives voice to civilians’ opinions

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The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey is now available for eligible Department of the Air Force employees and will continue through July 15.

The feedback civilian employees have given in previous years earned the service the No.10 ranking for large agencies by the Partnership for Public Service’s “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” in 2020.

The FEVS is a government-wide Office of Personnel Management-administered survey for federal civilian employees first available in 2002. The survey includes questions about employees’ work-life, job and organizational satisfaction, commitment, engagement, performance management and communication. It also measures employee perceptions of how organizations supported employee work needs during the pandemic and overall wellness.

“The FEVS is one of the most powerful platforms DAF civilian employees have to share their perceptions of how effectively we manage our workforce,” said Alex Wagner, assistant secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. “The more employees who take the survey, the better equipped we’ll be to take care of our people and make our organization stronger.”

FEVS results allow managers to identify where improvements within a specific work unit may be necessary.

One example of change based on previous FEVS feedback is that a civilian senior leader now accompanies the commander of Air Combat Command on installation visits and holds town hall-style meetings with base civilian personnel. The goal is to foster open communication, reinforce service culture and help connect civilian Airmen to the overall mission.

Air Education and Training Command leaders track the FEVS top five positive, negative and neutral responses to identify challenges and areas to improve.

Eligible civilian employees employed as of Nov. 30, 2021, will receive a link for the survey via an email message from OPM. The survey invitation and OPM reminder emails will come from “Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey-AF <EVAF@opm.gov” between now and July 15. Employees are also reminded to check their spam and junk mail folders. Employees may contact the OPM FEVS Helpdesk at EVAF@OPM.gov if they feel they are eligible but have not received the survey invitation.

“Our civilian employees are vital to the mission, and we’re proud that they consider the DAF a great place to work. Your feedback this year will enable leadership in the headquarters and across the enterprise to continue to drive innovation and further align our force to meet tomorrow’s challenges,” Wagner said. “Please, take the survey and make a difference.”

To-date response rates are available on the myPers civilian page rotator at: https://mypers.af.mil/app/home

For more information about the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, visit https://www.opm.gov/fevs/.