2022 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®

The most comprehensive and authoritative rating of employee engagement and satisfaction in the federal government. 

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The annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings, produced by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service and Boston Consulting Group, measure employee engagement and satisfaction government-wide and at individual departments, agencies and subcomponents. 

The rankings and accompanying data provide a means of holding federal leaders accountable for the health of their organizations, shining the spotlight on agencies that are successfully engaging employees as well as on those that are falling short.  

The data provides leaders with a roadmap to better manage our government’s most important asset—its employees. Best-in-class private sector organizations understand that increased employee engagement and satisfaction lead to better performance and outcomes, and federal leaders need to follow suit by placing greater emphasis on improving the workforce and the workplace culture. 

The federal government-wide Best Places to Work employee engagement and satisfaction score for 2022 is 63.4 out of 100, a 1.1-point decrease from 2021.  

This downturn in employee engagement and satisfaction, following a 4.5-point decrease a year earlier, occurred at a time when agency leaders were making difficult decisions about whether employees should return to the office or work remotely part or full time due to the pandemic. Employees also were uncertain about pay raises for 2023 amid soaring inflation, while a number of agencies faced increased demands to implement major legislative initiatives. These changes left the workforce in flux.

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We talked to a subset of agencies that improved their scores or ranking in selected categories in order to identify best practices, new ideas and strategies for success. Although these agencies represent a small fraction of those that improved, others can apply these successes to create a better employee experience.

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