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Federal survey allows employees to voice their concerns, enable improvements | Article

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. – With three weeks left, the push is on for federal civilians to take an online survey to gauge the workforce’s views on various topics to help leadership develop better policy changes.It’s called the Office of Personnel Management Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.As of Sept. 25, two weeks into the open window to take the survey, the U.S. Army Sustainment Command had 7% of its employees participate. The minimum Army goal is 50%. For 2019, ASC had a participation rate of 48.8%.The 38-question survey, which is offered through Oct. 27 and takes about 20 – 30 minutes to complete, gives employees a high-visibility venue to voice their opinions about their workplace environment.“I genuinely ask for your participation so we gain a complete representation of how you feel ASC is doing,” stated Matt Sannito, deputy to the commanding general, ASC, in a recent organization-wide email.Although the annual survey is voluntary, employees may use official time to complete it. After completing, responses are combined to create reports that indicate what employees’ thoughts are on topics such as transparency, wages, and quality of leadership.Additionally, it measures employees’ perceptions of senior leadership, immediate supervisors, and intrinsic work experience, an Army PowerPoint slide presentation stated.All responses are kept confidential.The results provide valuable insight for ASC leaders into the strengths and challenges within the workplace to ensure their organization has an effective civilian workforce. The annual FEVS results are a major contributing factor used for the identification, development, and implementation of new command initiatives.One proof-positive example of surveys like this manifesting into results is the Strategic Human Capital Plan, pointed out ASC’s Melissa Peterson, Civilian Personnel, G-1 (Human Resources).In a letter to support the SHCP 2020 – 2025 program, Maj. Gen. Daniel Mitchell, ASC commanding general, wrote: “We will achieve performance expectations and

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