My Coast Guard
Commentary | July 27, 2021

Employee experiences wanted in the next Organizational Assessment Survey 

By MyCG Staff

This message serves as a reminder to participate in the 2021 Coast Guard Organizational Assessment Survey (CG-OAS). The survey has been updated this year in response to pandemic operations, so your input is extremely important in gaining a sense of how Coast Guard members are managing their work and life demands in these challenging times. The survey measures employee satisfaction – assessment of the service, pay, benefits, recognition, and advancement - and gauges how the Coast Guard can improve. Feedback from the CG-OAS helps leaders know where we can improve and provides employees an opportunity to express opinions regarding policies, initiatives, and your overall work culture.  

Previous survey data has resulted in tailored reports across for commands and leadership. The Office of Personnel Management also produces multi-year trend reports (for data going as far back as 2002) To assess culture change over time. Service leadership is informed to act based on the survey results.  

A high level of participation means that more voices will be heard, data will be more accurate, and results will be more meaningful and reflective of employee needs and concerns.  

Based on survey results, Coast Guard leaders take action to improve working culture and environment. The Coast Guard Office of Diversity and Inclusion developed a Coast Guard Inclusive Leadership Environment (CGILE) index leveraging CG OAS data. Unit Leadership Diversity and Advisory Councils (LDACs) are sent communications that encourage the use of CGILE information in the effort to cultivate increasingly inclusive command climates. Overall results are also made available to the entire Coast Guard population on our intranet portal and highlights of the results including strengths and challenge areas with the ultimate goal of improving workplace and mission success. 

The Office of Personnel Management will send reminder email invitations to those who have not yet completed the survey. These emails will enable user-specific access to the survey, and while you can forward and complete the survey from a personal device, these emails should not be forwarded to others.  

The survey will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete between July 27 and September 24, 2021. Cutters that need additional time for members to complete the survey should contact the CG-OAS program manager by email to coordinate a deadline extension  

OAS responses are always confidential. After you complete the survey, you will not receive any additional reminders from OPM. 

The CG-OAS can be a powerful organizational improvement tool, but its effectiveness depends on your participation. Please take the time to complete this important survey and encourage your team to do the same. 

For more information about the OAS survey, please email the OAS program manager Jeyanthi Flora Wesley in the Office of Future Force Project division.