Posted by: outandequal | January 23, 2013

Largest Response Rate for the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey features LGBT Workers

The 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) showed a 46% response rate from federal employees – the largest since the survey’s first distribution in 2002. For the first time the FEVS included Self Identification (Self ID) information about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) identification, veteran status, and disabilities.

2012 results for these items indicate:

  • Approximately one third of respondents served on Active Duty;
  • 13 percent of respondents shared they had a disability; and
  • Responses from the LGBT community were just over two percent.

Correlation between participant Self ID responses and participants viewpoints on their workplace experiences showed that:

While differences in Veteran Status and part-time/full-time work schedule had no discernible differences in scores on any index, considerable differences were noted across disability status and the LGBT-inclusion item. Employees who indicated having a disability responded substantially less positive across all index scores. Similar findings are evident for those employees who self-identified as a member of the LGBT community.

To take a closer look at the breakout of these responses, turn to the “Special Topics” section of the FEVS report starting on page 19.

2012 FEVS pic

For companies and organizations beginning their movement toward LGBT diversity and inclusiveness with Self ID surveys, this report may provide some helpful examples. And in the grand scheme of the LGBT equality movement, these survey results serve as a baseline regarding workplace change for federal employees.



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