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Some people constantly complain about their workplace, while others may rave about theirs to anyone who will listen. As it turns out The Partnership for Public Service and American University's Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation are very interested in listening to federal employees talk about their respective agencies. Every two years they talk to over 200,000 civil servants in order to learn about the best places to work in the federal government. This week, the biannual rankings were released and the findings were rather revealing. For the second consecutive time, the Nuclear Regulatory Agency finished first in the rankings, followed by the Government Accountability Office, NASA, and the State Department. Within the "Small Agencies" category, the top three agencies in terms of workplace satisfaction were the Surface Transportation Board, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Office of Management and Budget. Not surprisingly, many respondents indicated that the pay at their job wasn't necessarily the most important factor in terms of their overall satisfaction, but rather the leadership style of supervisors and the availability of training opportunities.
The first link will take visitors to a story written by the Washington Post's Steve Vogel on the study of federal government workplace satisfaction. The second link will whisk users away to a news story from Government Executive.com that notes that the Office of Management and Budget will ask agencies that scored poorly on these ratings to submit improvement plans. Moving on, the third link leads to another piece on the rankings from this Wednesday's Federal Times. The fourth link leads to the homepage of the Best Places to Work Rankings for 2009. Here, visitors can learn about the survey's methodology and view complete listings, and even compare agencies. The fifth link leads to Fortune's 2009 list of the 100 Best Companies To Work For, which also includes information about the best employers in each state. The last link leads to a set of suggestions from the Boston Globe about how to address these tough economic times by finding creative solutions in the workplace.