Working for the famously bureaucratic federal government can feel like a major drag--unless, that is, you work for NASA. The US Office of Personnel Management conducted the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, a yearly questionnaire for employees of federal government agencies, and NASA workers reported having the highest job satisfaction.
The survey questions addressed various aspects of job satisfaction, including how much pleasure employees derive from their work and how happy they are with logistics like pay, pension and working hours.
Though NASA scored high in job satisfaction, it only got second place in leadership and knowledge management, results-oriented performance culture (a system that promotes a diverse, high-performing workforce) and talent management. Of course if astro-mohawks were a category, NASA would have that one in the bag.
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