Federal employees have higher overall wellbeing than private sector employees – except when it comes to their work environment.
A Gallup poll found federal workers are less likely to have positive relationships with their supervisors, indicating government jobs have a “more traditional, subordinating work environment.”
Gallup’s index score for workplace wellbeing:
Federal workers – 42.2
State workers – 48.6
Local workers – 47.8
Non-government workers – 48.7
However, feds’ overall well-being was 86.7 compared with non-government workers’ score of 83.6. The overall score also took into consideration healthy behaviors and physical and emotional health.
“Government employees outperform non-government workers the most in the areas of overall life evaluation and access to basic needs such [as] having enough money to pay for healthcare and/or medicines, provide adequate shelter or housing, and buy food; and having health insurance and a personal doctor,” Gallup said.
Gallup surveyed more than 180,000 people in 2010 for the poll.