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: 20-28
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: 
72, 73, 79
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: 20-28
Rate survey items about your immediate work unit (Office, Branch or Lab) headed by your immediate supervisor.
My Agency
Reference FEVS Items: 29-41
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: 72-84
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.