Low Employee Engagement Found In Federal Land Management Agencies

Federal land and water management agencies lag behind many other government agencies – as well as the private sector – when it comes to employee satisfaction according to new “Best Places to Work” rankings. The National Park Service (NPS) in particular struggles with employee satisfaction, commitment and motivation, ranking 262nd out of 305 federal agencies despite the national celebration of its Centennial in 2016. NPS was the lowest-ranking of the principal federal agencies providing Americans with outdoor experiences.

The federal employee engagement score has increased 2.5 points during the past two years, but there is an urgent need for greater improvement, especially when the federal score of 59.4 points (out of 100) is compared to the private sector’s 77.1. Private sector organizations – like Disney – understand that happy, motivated employees deliver excellent service to their customers.

Rankings come from an annual report published by the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte. The report looks at responses to three different questions in the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey: “I recommend my organization as a good place to work,” “Considering everything, how satisfied are you with your job?” and “Considering everything, how satisfied are you with your organization?”

See rankings for the National Park Service and other federal land and water management agencies here.

For the full report, click here.