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The second “pulse” survey of federal employee views on returning to onsite work, engagement and equity shows gains over the initial survey, OMB has said, while 58 percent of employees responded positively to a new entry that “the federal government is the best place to work for those who want to make a difference.”

A posting on performance.gov says that the survey conducted in January showed an increase in the average score—on a 1 to 5  scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree–to 3.6 from the 3.4 in last October’s survey on questions regarding “reentry.”

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The second survey did not include statement that had produced the highest score, 4.0, on the first—“I trust my supervisor will help me navigate the reentry transition”—while the score rose from 3.4 to 3.6 to the statement that “I trust agency leadership to do what’s right to protect employee health, safety and wellbeing.”

However, the score also rose, from 3.6 to 3.7, on the statement “If I had a job elsewhere with more workplace flexibilities or remote options, I would take it.”

The response to a statement going to the issue of burnout and job stress—”I feel exhausted in the morning at the thought of another day at work”—was fell slightly from 3.0 to 2.9 while the score was only 2.0 on a newly added statement that “my direct supervisor shows very little interest in the feelings of subordinates.”

Both surveys were sent to employees of the two dozen Cabinet departments and largest independent agencies, who account for the large majority of the federal workforce. The third and final survey of the initial pilot will be sent out in the spring.

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