Low engagement in the federal civil service?

Says a new Gallup poll:

U.S. federal government workers are less engaged than the rest of the U.S. workforce. On average, 27% of federal government employees are engaged in their jobs in 2014, compared with 31% of all other workers in the U.S. With more than 2 million federal employees, this lack of engagement is costing the federal government an estimated $18 billion in lost productivity annually, or approximately $9,000 per employee.

Across age groups:

The current OPM budget allocates less than $30 million to administer FEVS and direct efforts to improve engagement in the federal government, and individual agencies are probably spending much less than that.

While the size of the government’s employee base may be large and diverse, this budget item at these levels is not likely to promote much positive change. If OPM and the rest of the federal government is looking for a simple way to increase federal workers’ engagement and reap the benefits of doing so, they could start by managing to employees’ strengths, which directly contributes to engagement.