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We generate research reports and agency profiles that highlight employee engagement best practices and the types of issues that affect how employees feel about their workplaces and jobs. By analyzing Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® data, we offer sound analysis and recommendations on the workplace challenges facing federal agencies.

Featured Publications

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2023 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Communications Toolkit
This toolkit provides guidance and templates for communicating with employees about the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and the Best Places to Work rankings, and demonstrating the value of employee feedback.
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Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Employee Engagement Toolkit
This toolkit highlights the demands and opportunities identified by participants of our 2023 Best Places to Work workshop series on the future of work and includes a Reporting Tool template to track activity implementation and results with the goal of improving employment engagement and satisfaction.
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Leading Together: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Leadership Type and Employee Engagement
This exploratory analysis by the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition and Boston Consulting Group reviewed whether there is any difference in federal employee engagement if agency subcomponents are led by political appointees or by members of the career Senior Executive Service.
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15 Editions of Best Places to Work
Our anniversary report, produced in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group, reflects on both the opportunities and requirements for the next era of federal employee engagement.
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Developing a Culture of Teamwork and Collaboration
Learn how to strengthen teamwork with approaches based on our research and discussions with agency leaders.
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Fostering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Learn how to foster DEI in the workplace with interventions based on our research and discussions with agency leaders.
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Engaging a Remote Workforce
Learn how to improve engagement, support employees and maintain organizational performance in a remote working environment.
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Providing Employees with High-Quality Training and Development Opportunities
Learn how to improve the quality of training and development with actionable steps based on our research and discussions with agency leaders.
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Beyond the Beltway: How Federal Leaders Can Engage Employees Working Across the Nation
In this issue brief, the Partnership and BCG explore what federal leaders can do to engage field employees.
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Featured Videos

In this “Our Government Explained” video, the Partnership discusses where in the country federal employees work, the diversity of people in federal agencies and the wide range of jobs civil servants do. Just one example is the vital role of McMahan “Mac” Louis Gray, who created a game-changing technology that removes carbon dioxide from power plant emissions and absorbs heavy metals, such as lead, from municipal water supplies.
Watch this video in the Partnership’s “Our Government Explained” series for some eye-opening fun facts about some of the many ways our government keeps us safe, healthy and secure throughout the day—whether you’re traveling by plane, driving down the highway or simply eating breakfast, showering or brushing your teeth.
Our first guest in the BPTW Speaker Series is Katharine Kelley, Chief Human Capital Officer at Army Futures Command. Katharine discusses actions her organization take after receiving the FEVS results, and what the FEVS results mean to her team's employee engagement strategy.
Our second guest in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Speaker Series, supported by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), is Eduardo Ribas, Chief Human Capital Officer at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Eddie discusses how his team utilizes the demographics breakdown of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results to better understand the needs of minority groups.
Our third guest in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Speaker Series, supported by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), is Dr. Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). Assistant Secretary Delphin-Rittmon discusses strategies SAMSHA executed to improve employee engagement and satisfaction, and offers advice on how other federal leaders can achieve the same.

Featured Blog Posts

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Opportunities to turn a corner on federal employee engagement and satisfaction
Much like other sectors, the federal workforce faced uncertainty throughout 2022. Agencies were considering how to balance the needs of their mission and employee health in the midst of the pandemic while employees had to contend with a strained economy and changing workplace expectations.
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How the Office of Personnel Management is working to improve the federal employee experience and bring more talent into government
The federal government maintains a resilient, professional and mission-driven workforce. Despite a challenging few years punctuated by a global pandemic, the OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results show consistently high levels of employee engagement among federal workers.
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The federal workforce looks more like the country than you might think
In the Partnership for Public Service’s latest trust in government poll, 54% of respondents said they did not believe that people like them work in the federal government. Younger Americans, those without a college degree and Republicans were especially likely to support this view.
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Workplace experience of federal employees living with disabilities
According to 2021 Best Place to Work in Federal Government® rankings produced by the Partnership for Public Service and Boston Consulting Group, employee engagement and satisfaction scores for people with disabilities are 59.5—6.7 points lower than their counterparts.
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Engaging employees at federal agencies
New research by the Partnership for Public Service and Boston Consulting Group shows that many federal agencies are struggling to improve employee engagement, with leaders and the workforce facing an array of challenges that include transitioning to new ways of working due to the fallout from COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Intelligence Community: Meaningful work, great leaders, diverse opportunities and work-life balance
The Intelligence Community has been near the top of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings for the past decade, placing fourth in 2021 out of the 17 large agencies rated by the Partnership for Public Service and Boston Consulting Group. Here’s why IC employees chose the IC, have high engagement and satisfaction, and remain in their jobs.
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Recruiting and retaining diverse talent from outside the Washington, D.C., area
The federal government needs a strong and diverse federal workforce to tackle pressing challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters and more. However, several barriers make it difficult for federal hiring managers working outside the Washington, D.C., area to recruit and retain talent. By serving as a connector between job seekers and federal agencies, the Partnership aims to reduce these barriers—specifically by strengthening federal talent pipelines in the Western U.S.
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Digital badge for Top 10 Agencies
Share this badge on your agency's websites or in emails to proudly display if your workplace was featured in our top 10 edition of the Best Places to Work rankings, produced in partnership with The Washington Post.
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