Most NRC employees are happy in their work, survey shows

Most Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) employees appear to be relatively pleased with their jobs, according to recent results of a survey by the Office of Personnel Management.

NRC said Nov. 1 that it had made NRC results from the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey on the agency website.

According to survey results, 996 (out of 2,481 people who responded) “strongly agree” with the statement “I like the kind of work I do.” Another 1,072 agreed with the statement. The number that neither agreed nor disagreed was 271; another 100 disagreed and 42 “strongly” disagreed.

Notable high scores in the survey include 96% of employees willing to “put in the extra effort to get a job done” and 90% giving their own work unit high marks for quality.

The NRC survey results did reflect a decrease in satisfaction in the area of pay, promotions and training. NRC employees have not received annual pay raises for several years, and training dollars for staff were trimmed nearly in half in response to budget cutbacks.

The annual survey evaluates the management leadership, employee satisfaction, and organizational culture of federal agencies. Specifically, it measures employee’s perception of whether, and to what extent, their organizations have the types of characteristics typically associated with high-performing, successful organizations.

“We take the data from the OPM survey and other employee satisfaction measures seriously, and are always looking for ways to improve the agency’s work environment,” said NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane.

The survey was administered April 30 through June 14 of this year. So the survey was completed well in advance of the partial federal government shutdown in October.

There were 2,509 surveys completed out of 3,599 surveys administered. That’s a response rate of 69.7%, according to footnotes in the survey results.

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