FEA Members Overwhelmingly Say DODEA Is Heading in The Wrong Direction
FEA recently polled members on three questions regarding working conditions. The results do not paint a rosy picture for DoDEA.
Work Outside the Duty DayRespondents reported spending an average of 17 hours PER WEEK outside the normal duty day performing their regular job duties. (1,629 responses total)
Management Assignments Distracting From Real WorkRespondents estimated that 19 PERCENT OF THEIR TIME in an average week is spent on management-directed assignments/tasks (including meetings) that, in their opinion, prevented them from performing their primary job duties. (1,619 responses)
The Wrong DirectionNot surprisingly, based upon the above two answers, when asked "DO YOU THINK DODEA, AS A WHOLE, IS HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?" a whopping 82% (1,300 out of 1,593 respondents) answered "NO". Only 293 (18%) answered, "Yes".
Is it any wonder DoDEA is ranked in the bottom five percent of places to work among federal agencies?
One can almost imagine the response from management to such critical feedback: "But, we've got these shiny new 21st Century schools!"
Two other questions were included in the online poll. Results are below. Total responses were 1,631
Q1 - WHERE DO YOU WORK?
DoDEA Americas - 607 (37%)
DoDEA Pacific - 519 (32%)
DoDEA Europe - 505 (31%)
Q2 - WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY ROLE
Classroom teacher - 1291 (79%)
Paraprofessional - 29 (2%)
Counselor - 42 (3%)
Other - 269 (16%) - in future surveys we'll offer more options
"Thank You" to all who responded to the poll!