November 2023 Federal Employment Law Training Group Newsletter

What We Can Learn from the FEVS

Last week OPM released some preliminary numbers from its 2023 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). The good news is that employee engagement, morale, and DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion & accessibility) all moved in a positive direction over 2022 numbers. In addition, over 6,000 more employees participated in the 2023 FEVS than in 2022, also a positive indicator of engagement. See inside this newsletter for some additional takeaways.

There’s still work to do, of course, and individual agencies will be scrutinizing their numbers and making strategic plans to improve in areas where they want to see change. Did you know FELTG has a training class designed just for that? It’s called Engagement to Motivation – the FEVS and Beyond, and if you’d like more information reach out to us at

Beyond FEVS, this month’s newsletter covers religious harassment cases, episodic disabilities, post-Santos PIPs, and generational differences in the workplace.

Take care,

Deborah J. Hopkins, FELTG President

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Initial Takeaways from the 2023 FEVS

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