Leadership Corner

National Work Environment Survey launches today

July 8th, 2019 at 12:58PM
Portrait of Chief Christiansen in uniform.
Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen

Today, the Forest Service is launching the National Work Environment Survey administered by a third-party research company, Fors Marsh Group. Watch for an email inviting you to participate. The survey will run through August 19.

The Forest Service is committed to providing every employee a work environment that is safe, respectful, inclusive, and free from harassment. Employees deserve a work environment that allows them to thrive in the work they do for the agency and for the public. The National Work Environment Survey is the first Forest Service-wide survey to assess employees’ perceptions of various aspects of their work environment. It is not associated with the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey hosted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

All current Forest Service employees, including permanent, temporary, and seasonal, are eligible to take the survey. By completing this survey your unique experiences and observations about work life and the work environment at the Forest Service will be included with the responses of your fellow employees. Results from this survey will provide a comprehensive picture of how well the workforce meets the intentions of the Forest Service Code and Commitments. It will also provide information about employees’ workplace satisfaction and how to improve it; as well as experiences of diversity and inclusion, unwanted behaviors, and experiences with existing training and programs.

The results from this survey will be used in multiple ways: they will provide baseline information to measure changes in the Forest Service work environment over time, to identify areas that need action to improve workplace culture, to identify positive attributes of work environment to support, and to help inform long-term actions to continually improve the Forest Service’s work environment and performance. In particular, the results from this survey will inform changes to policies and practices about general workplace issues, as well as sexual harassment and other unwanted behaviors. We value your feedback, and your responses will make a difference. The final National Work Environment Survey results will be shared with all employees and are expected to be released in late 2019.

It is important that you know:

  • This survey is for USDA Forest Service federal employees.
  • There are no right or wrong answers. Your honest feedback is what is important.
  • Your participation is anonymous and voluntary. You are not required to take the survey and it is not associated with your job performance.
  • Your responses will be held in the strictest of confidence. Your contact information is kept separate from the responses you provide and the two will not be linked.
  • Some questions are sensitive in nature. We are asking these questions in order to determine prevalence rates of unwanted behaviors.
  • Participant experiences will vary, but on average, this survey may take 20 to 25 minutes to complete. If you cannot complete it at one time, you may return to complete it. We expect that participants will complete this survey during working hours. You do not need to answer every question.

Thank you for participating in the National Work Environment Survey. Each of your experiences is important and will help the Forest Service achieve a work environment that is safe, respectful, and inclusive. Thank you for all you do as a Forest Service employee.

Chief Christiansen