While the stereotype of the “Millennial” often includes a more positive attitude toward changing the world and making a difference, the generation’s respondents to the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey seem to paint a different picture.
In the Office of Personnel Management survey for 2014 released Friday, 63 percent of Millennial feds said their federal jobs give a “feeling of personal accomplishment,” as opposed to the 71 percent of feds of all other generations who felt this way. There was also an 8 percent difference — 75 percent versus 83 percent — in the Millennial response to the statement “I like the kind of work I do,” with Millennials falling on the less enthusiastic side.
OPM calls the generation “the future of the federal government” in the analysis of the survey results. However, the generation’s views of government work may not bode well for that future, as Millennial respondents also tended to have less positive views of how federal agencies treat poor performers. Millennials thought government workers were held less accountable for their work, at a rate of 77 percent to 82 percent. Only 24 percent of the generation’s feds agreed with the statement “In my work unit, steps are taken to deal with a poor performer who cannot or will not improve.”