Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) Key Terms

Term Definition
Organization This is your IC, Division or Office (not NIH or HHS). Please respond to these survey items based on the level in your organization that is appropriate for the content of the question. Depending on how your IC is structured, this could be one or more levels above your own.

Work Unit

Reference FEVS Items: 20-29

This is your immediate work unit (Office, Branch or Lab) headed by your immediate supervisor.
Non-supervisor Anyone who does not have supervisory responsibilities.
Team Lead Anyone who provides employees with day-to-day guidance on work projects, but does not have supervisory responsibilities or conduct performance appraisals.

Supervisor

Reference FEVS Items: 
42-52, 55

First-line supervisors typically responsible for your performance appraisals and leave approval.

Managers

Reference FEVS Items: 56-60

The individual your immediate supervisor reports to or one level above your supervisor in the organization.

Senior Leaders

Reference FEVS Items: 
53, 54, 61, 62, 66

This is your IC’s senior leadership in the organization. These are the heads of your IC and their immediate leadership team responsible for directing the policies and priorities of your IC, Division and/or Office. For example, your IC’s Top Five: Director, Deputy Director, Scientific Director, Scientific Executives, Executive Officer or OD leadership positions.

Telework

Reference FEVS Items: 77-78

Telework means working at a location other than your normal work site during your regular work hours (excludes travel).
FEVS Category Definition

My Work Experience

Reference FEVS Items: 1-19

Rate survey items about your daily work assignments and function.

My Work Unit

Reference FEVS Items: 20-29

Rate survey items about your immediate work unit (Office, Branch or Lab) headed by your immediate supervisor.

My Agency

Reference FEVS Items: 30-41

Rate survey items about your specific IC or OD Office (not NIH or HHS).

My Supervisor

Reference FEVS Items: 42-52

Rate survey items about your immediate supervisor typically responsible for your performance appraisals and leave approval.

Leadership

Reference FEVS Items: 53-62

Items in this section will relate to senior leaders, managers, and supervisors (see definitions above). Rate survey items based on the level in your organization that is appropriate for the content of the question.

My Satisfaction

Reference FEVS Items: 63-71

Answer survey items with respect to your satisfaction about your job function, pay, recognition, training, management and senior leadership (see definitions above).

Work/Life

Reference FEVS Items: 77-84

Rate survey items with respect to your participation and satisfaction in Work/Life programs, Telework and Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) programs that are available to you.

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