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FEVS Analysis: A Comparison of 2018 and 2019 FEVS Question Scores

Katrina Hsen | January 24, 2020


Fedviews analysis: 2018 vs. 2019

FEVS 2019 data has been released and there are significant changes from last year to this year. While it is important to acknowledge year-to-year changes, agency leaders should look at FEVS data over multiple years to track trends in employee responses – especially areas that have trended upwards or downwards over multiple years.

Overall, the governmentwide FEVS score has significantly improved from 2018 to 2019. The greatest improvements include employee perceptions of:

  • Merit-based awards and promotions;
  • Support for creativity;
  • Opportunities for career advancement;
  • Talent recruitment. 

While these improvements are promising, Federal agencies should pay attention to employees perceptions that decreased the most from 2018 to 2019, including:

  • Workplace safety;
  • Individual initiative and innovation;
  • And overall satisfaction with work.

Key Takeaway: Federal leadership should use trend analysis to not only identify areas that have consistently posed a challenge to improving employees’ perceptions of their workplace experiences, but also to ascertain agency-specific strengths and areas of improvement with respect to governmentwide trends to develop targeted initiatives.

FedViews helps you focus your resources where it counts.

Federal agencies can use FedViews to automate trend analysis with FEVS and workforce data. With FedViews, federal agencies can view trends across work units, and compare trends with the overall government. These features make FedViews a powerful resource for agencies that seek to improve and maintain employee engagement, development, and retention through data-driven human capital management.

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