Montana VA employees surveyed on work conditions

Phil Drake

A recently released nationwide survey on “employee engagement” by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs showed the Montana VA Healthcare System received comparable ratings to several other regional VA services in five key areas.

The key areas include decisional involvement, innovation, skill development, senior leader ethics and talents.

In terms of the VA being a good place to work, 67% of Helena workers agree. For comparison, Boise scored 73% and Salt Lake City and Denver both got 61%.

The VA All Employee Survey (AES), posted late last week, was launched in 1997 and rebranded with its current name in 2001. It has more than 60 questions that cover workplace experiences and leader behaviors

According to the scale used in the five key areas, 1 = strongly disagree, 2 = disagree, 3 = neutral, 4 = agree, 5 = strongly agree and 6 = do not know.

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For innovation, in terms of employees feeling encouraged to come up with new and better ways of doing things, Montana scored 3.81, Idaho got 3.92, Utah got 3.82 and Colorado received 3.65.

For employees who think their skills and talents were

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