Engage Employees


Our Goal

Career and political leaders assign a high priority to increasing employee engagement to ensure federal employees are performing at the highest levels to achieve their agencies’ goals.


The Challenge

Leaders play an integral role in the performance of organizations, but change cannot be driven solely from the top down. Leaders in successful organizations engage their employees, encouraging them to make frontline decisions. Government needs highly engaged employees to provide critical services to the American public, yet this is a place where government continues to struggle. Budget constraints, hiring and pay freezes, and across-the-board cuts have added challenges for government leaders.

The Partnership’s Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings measure employee satisfaction and commitment, key elements of engagement, and the 2014 Best Places to Work rankings tell a troubling story. The overall satisfaction and commitment score is the lowest since the rankings were launched in 2003. Not only do federal employee satisfaction and commitment scores lag the private sector, but the gap between the two continues to grow.


The Opportunity

The Partnership strives to close the employee satisfaction gap between the government and the private sector. We can drive up employee satisfaction levels by prompting leaders to work with employees to examine issues of concern and to act to address them. Our Best Places to Work rankings give leaders a tool for measuring progress and identifying trouble spots, helping them improve communication and engage their employees in making their agencies better places to work.


Our Work in Action

Our Best Places to Work rankings are the most comprehensive assessment of how federal public servants view their jobs and workplaces. As such, they provide a mechanism for holding agency leaders accountable for their organizations’ health by offering early warning signs of trouble and a roadmap for improvement.

Our advisory services program assists agencies with examining their data and learning how to transform their culture, by providing specific data analysis, facilitated workshops and targeted online or on-site training, all with the aim of increasing employee engagement. The Partnership has worked with a wide variety of agencies and in 2014, the Best Places to Work rankings indicated that the scores of agencies that took advantage of our program improved considerably more than the government-wide average.

We also educate Congress on the importance of employee engagement and offer briefings to congressional offices on the rankings and ways that the Hill can contribute to improving employee engagement.


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EVENTS

Ready to Act
February 6 or 7

To ensure that the peaceful transfer of power doesn’t interfere with mission-critical agency priorities, many public servants will take on added workloads and new responsibilities. Among them are the senior career executives like you who might be called upon to serve in acting positions during the presidential transition. We are now offering two sessions of Ready to Act, our half-day program to help you or your executive colleagues prepare for your new roles and what to expect.

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5 Languages of Appreciation Training
February 16

This new training program will provide a deep dive on how managers can use the Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace from Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Paul White to make any workplace environment more encouraging and productive.

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Building a Culture of Engagement: Virtual Training Series
March 21-23

This online training series helps frontline supervisors and managers use appreciation, communication and empowerment to engage employees.

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NEWS

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PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Rankings and Analysis

The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings offer a comprehensive assessment of how federal employees at more than 300 federal agencies and subcomponents view their jobs and workplaces. Agencies are ranked by overall satisfaction and commitment, and by issues ranging from leadership and pay to innovation and teamwork.

Visit the Best Places to Work Website

Best Places to Work Agency Services
FOR FEDERAL AGENCIES

We provide custom agency briefings, data analysis and action planning to help agencies learn from their Best Places to Work data and identify ways to improve employee engagement.

To discuss how we can help your agency, contact us at bptw@ourpublicservice.org or (202) 775‑9111.

5 Languages of Appreciation Training
FOR FEDERAL SUPERVISORS AND MANAGERS

This one-day session focuses on how managers can use the Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace from Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Paul White to improve any workplace environment. Research has shown that an engaged workforce has increased productivity, efficiency and employee satisfaction.

Registration is open for the upcoming session.

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Mastering Action Planning
FOR GS-9 and above FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

This two-day training provides instruction on the foundations of action planning and teaches you how to develop a customized “MAP” for improving employee engagement. During the course of the workshop, you will begin creating this vital resource that will guide your agency through the process of cultivating a more engaged workforce.

Registration is open for the upcoming sessions.

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Building a Culture of Engagement: Virtual Training Series
FOR FEDERAL SUPERVISORS AND MANAGERS

This series of three 75-minute webinars is designed to provide frontline supervisors and managers with research-supported, actionable steps to help improve employee engagement through appreciation, communication and empowerment.

Registration is open for the upcoming sessions.

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Best Places to Work Congressional Briefing
FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF MEMBERS

Request a Best Places to Work briefing on agencies in your district, under the jurisdiction of your committee, or which are of particular legislative interest. The rankings are an excellent source of information for oversight and confirmation hearings, as well as to inform legislative goals. The one-hour briefing includes summaries of government-wide and agency-specific results and access to custom data and reports based on your specific needs and interests.

To schedule a congressional briefing, contact Andrew Lobel at alobel@ourpublicservice.org.