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Federal Workers Less Satisfied in Their Jobs

Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 10:13 AM

By Elliot Jager

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The number of federal workers dissatisfied with their jobs now stands at 35 percent — a three percent increase — according to a newly released survey from the Office of Personnel Management.

The study, polling 377,000 workers across the government, was conducted before the October federal shutdown.

Most federal workers have not had a pay or cost of living increase in three years, according to the Huffington Post

The survey found that 54 percent of federal employees are satisfied with their pay (down from 59 percent in last year's survey). Fifty-six percent are satisfied with the agency they work for, and 63 percent would recommend it as a place of employment.

Happiest were employees of NASA, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Communications Commission. Across the government, the older the worker, the more satisfied they are, according to the study.

Baby boomers comprise just under half of the Federal workforce. The bulk of federal workers are people born before 1980 with the largest proportion being those born before 1964. Only about 13 percent are from the Generation Y cohort born after 1981.

In her preface to the study, Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta wrote: "Without a more predictable and responsible budget situation, we risk losing our most talented employees, as well as hurting our ability to recruit top talent for the future."

Meanwhile, the Office of Personnel Management is proposing to raise the morale of at least some workers by making it easier for religiously observant employees to use compensatory time, Agudath Israel of America, an advocacy organization representing Orthodox Jewish people, said in a press release

Comp time allows employees to work overtime and "bank" the extra hours for special use.
The proposed arrangement would make it less cumbersome to request approval for religious holidays and offer greater flexibility in making up lost time.

"What the federal government — the nation's largest employer — does in this area cannot be overstated," said Rabbi Abba Cohen, Agudath's Washington director, who led the effort to bring about the change. "It is a role model and standard-bearer in making 'religious accommodation' an important principle in federal and state law."

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