Analysis: Slicing and Dicing OPM’s Workforce Survey

January 28, 2013

With the release of its 2012 Employee Viewpoint Survey results, the Office of Personnel Management focused renewed attention on federal workforce issues. And once again, the Partnership for Public Service has refined and consolidated OPM’s findings into its Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings to clarify the significance of this data. Teaming up with Deloitte Consulting, the Partnership has overlaid the survey results with an agency benchmarking and performance assessment tool, convenient for federal leaders and job seekers alike.

 But the Partnership’s rankings, however useful, tend to suck most of the oxygen out of workforce planning by diverting attention from the practical value of OPM’s data.

The 2012 survey attracted 687,000 respondents, a remarkable increase from the 250,000 participants in 2010. For any large enterprise, public or private, a 46 percent response rate is enviable. The resulting data repository is a human resources management ace in the hole.

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