ERIC Number: ED307457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec-16
Reference Count: N/A
Federal Personnel Policies and Practices--Perspectives from the Workplace. A Special Study. A Report to the President and the Congress of the United States.
Merit Systems Protection Board, Washington, DC.
The 1986 Merit Principles Survey asked federal employees to share their opinions and experiences on a variety of issues. The survey queried a group of 16,651 employees that was representative of the full-time permanent work force in 22 of the largest federal agencies. Results showed that many federal employees held positive views of their jobs and that this viewpoint was increasing. Supervision accounted for at least some of these positive perceptions. A greater percentage of employees covered under specific pay-for-performance systems (Performance Management and Recognition System and Senior Executive Service) saw a link between performance and pay compared to those not covered. An overwhelming majority of supervisors reported that they take action to deal with problem employees. Over three-fourths of supervisors who took formal actions against employees that resulted in appeals to the Merit Systems Protection Board believed that the advantages of taking such actions outweighed the disadvantages. The incidence of prohibited personnel practices based on political affiliation was practically nonexistent. Employees expressed concern about such issues as perceived negative image of the federal employee; disparity of compensation; and lack of correlation between written job elements and performance standards. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Merit Systems Protection Board, Washington, DC.