Employee Views of Leaders Fall as Level Rises

Results of the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey show a slight general increase in views of management at all layers while continuing the pattern of those views getting lower with each higher level of supervision.

The most positive views of leadership in the survey conducted in the spring were of immediate supervisors, with about four-fifths of employees agreeing that those supervisors treated them with respect and were sensitive to the balance of their work and home life needs. Nearly as many said their supervisor listens to what they have to say, and two-thirds agreed that their supervisor is doing a good job, inspires confidence and provides opportunities to demonstrate their leadership skills.

However, only about three-fifths agree that the manager above their immediate supervisor is doing a good job, promotes communication and collaboration among different work units, communicates the goals and priorities of the organization, or evaluates progress toward meeting those goals.

Barely above half agreed that they have a high level of respect for their organization’s senior leaders, though.

About the same agreed that the organization’s leaders maintain high standards of honesty and integrity, while only two-fifths said those leaders generate high levels of motivation and commitment in the workforce.