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State Employee Engagement Survey

Decades of research have revealed a strong connection between employee engagement and organizational performance. Engaged employees find their work more meaningful and deliver better results. Improving government performance can also increase public confidence in government, which may further boost morale among public servants.

Since 2006, the State Employee Engagement Survey has been the primary source of information on state employee perceptions of the workplace. The Washington State Office of Financial Management, State Human Resources Division (OFM-SHR) is responsible for administration of the survey. However, agencies have the option to administer their own survey. Standard question results from self-administering agencies are shared with OFM-SHR. The survey is conducted annually during the month of October. 

Coming Soon: 2021 Employee Engagement Survey Results

The 2021 Employee Engagement Survey fielding period ended on December 3rd. Results from the survey are expected to be available in February 2022. 

Highlights from the 2020 survey

  • 77 agencies, boards and commissions participated in the survey, representing 99.9% of the executive branch workforce.

  • 44,487 employees took the survey, for a response rate of 67%.

  • 80% or more gave positive ratings for the four following issue areas:

    • Being treated with dignity and respect by their supervisor (89%)

    • Knowing what is expected of them (87%)

    • Feeling their agency is prioritizing safety during COVID-19 pandemic (84%)

    • Believing their agency supports a diverse workforce (80%)

  • Employee satisfaction with mobility increased by 23%

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Last updated
Monday, December 6, 2021
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