Survey Finds Many Unhappy Workers At Homeland Security Agency


Staff morale at the U.S. Department of Homeland Secuirity, with 218,000 employees, is not high, says an Office of Personnel Management report quoted by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Homeland Security outpaced a long list of others in generating negative responses from its nearly 10,000 responding employees. It had one of the highest numbers of respondents who disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement, “My work gives me a feeling of personal accomplishment.” Ditto for the statement, “I feel encouraged to come up with new and better ways of doing things.”

Questions on the outlook DHS employees had on their supervisors also elicited a comparatively higher number of negative responses, including those asking whether senior leaders seemed to exhibit honesty and integrity and whether personnel felt safe blowing the whistle on corruption or law-breaking without fear of reprisal. That's not surprising considering many cases of corrupt department employees being charged with crimes related to their work. The department also faired poorly when employees were asked simply “Considering everything, how satisfied are you with your job?”


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