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Survey shows federal jobs are failing to empower women

When an individual works for the federal government, he or she expects to be treated fairly and equally to co-workers. The government exists to protect its people, so of course employees of the government would be included in that. Unfortunately, the results of a survey show that not all federal employees feel they are treated fairly at work.

Each year, the federal government asks its employees to participate in the Office of Personnel Management's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The responses are analyzed, and the government, hopefully, uses the results to determine where it needs to improve. The results of last year's survey were released recently and show that some employees feel that they are treated less fairly than others.

According to the results, women feel that they are treated less fairly than men and are less empowered than their male co-workers. Men ranked the federal government higher than women did in both of these categories. Additionally, women found the federal government to be a less appealing place to work than men did.

A statement was issued with the report saying that growing diversity among federal government employees will call for leaders to be innovative in their ways of thinking and leading and allow employees to express their unique viewpoints as well. While this statement was likely well-intentioned, it does little to ensure that there will be change in the workplace.

When you work for the federal government, you expect to be treated fairly, no matter what your gender is. However, this survey shows that the federal government may not be meeting everyone's expectations. If you feel that you are being passed over for promotions, treated less respectfully, or being discriminated against in other ways because of your gender, it is important to seek help. Discrimination in the workplace is illegal, and there are ways to hold the federal government accountable.

Source: The Washington Post, "Report: Women less empowered in federal jobs," Joe Davidson, July 12, 2013

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