Employee engagement is a complicated issue, but we help federal leaders develop actionable plans to address their unique workforce challenges.

Our agency resources help organizations understand their Best Places to Work data and use it to transform their culture. We provide custom data analysis, host events and online workshops on promising practices, and teach government managers and frontline supervisors how to keep employees engaged over the long term.

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To discuss how we can help your agency, contact us at or (202) 775-9111.

Build A Better Workforce

Discover the suite of services we offer to help agencies cultivate a workforce that is more engaged and productive.

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Promising Practices for Agencies

Getting to the Heart of the Matter
Engaging Employees to Improve the Work Experience

Private-sector companies have made tremendous headway improving the employee experience by using human-centered design, a problem-solving approach that more actively involves the people who are affected by the problem. Since it’s worked in the private sector, we decided to put it to the test in government. Read all about agencies’ key takeaways in our latest issue brief.

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Case Studies
Ten Years of the Best Places to Work Rankings

The Partnership and Deloitte examined the past decade of Best Places to Work rankings to profile six high-performing agencies. Learn from their experiences and get tips to increase employee satisfaction and commitment at your agency.

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Where Do I Go From Here?
How Leaders Can Use the FEVS to Improve the Employee Experience

This guide is intended to help leaders who want to use their Best Places to Work data, to improve what’s not improve employee engagement, but are unsure of the right action to take.

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2016 Best Places to Work Analysis
Looking at Agencies by Mission

This analysis expands on the traditional Best Places to Work rankings to include five mission areas: public health, law enforcement and border protection, national security, energy and environment, and infrastructure. Examining agencies that have similar responsibilities and employ workers with comparable occupations reveals commonalities or discrepancies in employee engagement.

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2015 Best Places to Work Analysis
Moving the Needle on Employee Engagement During the Presidential Transition

During a presidential transition, managers must find ways to creatively and proactively communicate with employees. Read the Partnership and Deloitte’s analysis to learn more about the essentials of communicating with federal employees during a presidential transition.

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Connecting HR, IT and Contract Specialists to their Agency Missions

This analysis identifies three key factors that have the greatest influence on job satisfaction and commitment in the HR, IT and contract specialist communities’ job satisfaction and commitment.

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Employee Job and Workplace Satisfaction in the Law Enforcement Community

How do employees in the law enforcement community view their jobs and work environments? What are the unique workplace issues facing this community? How can law enforcement leaders address these issues? This analysis identifies three top workplace challenges facing law enforcement and provides effective strategies that agencies are using to improve in these areas.

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Upcoming Programs and Events

Building a Culture of Engagement: Virtual Training Series

This series of three 90-minute webinars helps frontline supervisors and managers boost employee satisfaction in their agencies. Participants take away low- and no-cost strategies to use appreciation, communication and empowerment (ACE) to build their workforce.


Excellence in Government Fellows

During this year-long program, participants are challenged through a combination of innovative classroom sessions and hands-on, skill-building projects. EIG will take your leadership to the next level and build the essential leadership capabilities you need to drive results in your agency.


Federal Financial Leaders Program

The Partnership for Public Service’s Federal Financial Leaders Program strengthens the leadership, management and business skills of federal financial management professionals through a combination of innovative coursework, peer collaboration, best practice benchmarking and facilitated dialogue with industry leaders.


Leadership Excellence for Acquisition Professionals

Today’s acquisition professionals need to combine technical execution with strong leadership skills to achieve agency missions. This program is an opportunity for exceptional mid-level acquisition professionals to strengthen their management and business skills while building lasting interagency relationships.


Custom Offerings

By leveraging our Best Places to Work in the Federal Government scores, we help agencies better understand the complexities of their workforce satisfaction issues and develop solutions to improve them. Our custom offerings include specialized data analysis, action-planning development and implementation guidance.


Best Places to Work Custom Agency Services

The challenges you face are unique—so should be the solutions you develop to tackle them. To discuss how we can help your agency, contact us at or (202) 775-9111.


Educating government leaders about the impact of employee engagement is an important step toward improving agency productivity and enhancing overall government effectiveness.

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


By seeing their scores on an annual basis, agency leaders can develop a clear picture of how they’re struggling to engage employees—and how they can improve. They can also use the scores to create targeted solutions to address their key workforce concerns and mark their progress when the rankings come out the following year. To assist federal leaders, we provide free Best Places to Work briefings. The one-hour agenda includes an overview of your agency’s data, the history and methodology of the rankings, and strategies proven to improve employee engagement across government.