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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. 

2021 Employee Engagement Survey Results

Highlights from the 2021 survey

  • 44,726 employees took the survey, for a response rate of 66%.
  • 88% of respondents felt their supervisors treat them with dignity and respect.
  • 84% of respondents indicated they know what is expected of them at work.
  • 76% of respondents identified that they find meaning in their work.
  • 76% of respondents said their supervisor gives helpful feedback.

Last updated
Monday, December 6, 2021
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