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2020 State Employee Engagement Survey Questions

The 2020 State Employee Engagement Survey consists of *36 questions:  twenty standard perception questions, one rotating question, five COVID-19 supplemental questions, and ten demographic questions. 

*Agencies had the option to present a modified amount of demographic questions to their employees. Please see the demographics section below. 

Standard Questions

For the standard perception questions, the respondent is asked to rate the statements from 1 to 5 where:

1 = Never or Almost Never
2 = Seldom
3 = Occasionally
4 = Usually
5 = Almost Always or Always
  1. I have the opportunity to give input on decisions affecting my work.
  2. I receive helpful communication from my agency.
  3. I find meaning in my work.
  4. I know what is expected of me at work.
  5. I have opportunities at work to learn and grow.
  6. I have the tools and resources I need to do my job effectively.
  7. My supervisor treats me with dignity and respect.
  8. My supervisor gives me helpful feedback.
  9. I receive recognition for a job well done.
  10. A spirit of cooperation and teamwork exists in my work group. 
  11. I know how my agency measures its success.
  12. My agency supports a diverse workforce.
  13. My agency helps me navigate change.
  14. I am encouraged to come up with better ways of doing things.
  15. At my job, I have the opportunity to make good use of my skills. 
  16. At my workplace, I feel valued for who I am as a person. 
  17. How satisfied are you with your flexibility? (the ability to adjust your scheduled hours as needed)
  18. How satisfied are you with your mobility? (the ability to work remotely from a variety of locations, such as your home or alternate work sites)
  19. My agency sets the expectation for inclusion by embedding it in everyday interactions. (2020 Rotating Question)
  20. In general, I'm satisfied with my job.
  21. I would recommend my agency as a great place to work. 

COVID-19 Supplemental Questions

  1. My agency makes decisions that prioritize my safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. My agency takes steps to positively impact my work/life balance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. I find meaningful ways to stay connected to coworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. My agency keeps me informed about workplace impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. When the workplace is safe (such as low case counts, vaccine) to reopen for employees, I would be interested in teleworking:

Survey Question Response Options:

Questions 1-16, 19-25 Questions 17, 18 Question 26
 1 = Never or Almost Never  1 = Very Dissatisfied  Not telework at all
 2 = Seldom  2 = Dissatisfied  Less than 1 day per week
 3 = Occasionally  3 = Neutral  1-2 days per week
 4 = Usually  4 = Satisfied  3-4 days per week
 5 = Almost Always or Always  5 = Very Satisfied  100% every week
   N/A = Doesn't Apply to My Position  N/A Doesn't Apply to My Position

Standard Demographic Questions

The following questions are the standard demographic questions that are presented to employees. Agencies that requested modified demographic questions only received questions with an asterisk (*).

  1. *Which agency do you work for?
    • (all agencies listed)
  2. *How long have you worked for your current agency?
    • Less than 1 year
    • 1 to 2 years
    • 3 to 5 years
    • 6 to 10 years
    • 11 to 15 years
    • 16 or more years
    • Prefer not to say
  3. *Are you a supervisor?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Prefer no to say
  4. *In which county do you work a majority of the time?
    • (all counties listed)
    • Telework or field work 100%
    • Out of state
    • Prefer not to say
  5. What is your age?
    • Under 18
    • 18-24
    • 25-34
    • 35-44
    • 45-54
    • 55-64
    • 65+
    • Prefer not to say
  6. What is your gender?
    • Female
    • Male
    • Non-binary/X
    • Prefer not to say
  7. Are you a U.S. Veteran?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Prefer not to say
  8. Do you identify as having a disability?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Prefer not to say
  9. Do you identify as LGBTQ+
    • Yes
    • No
    • Prefer not to say
  10. What race and/or ethnicity do you consider yourself?
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Asian
    • Black or African American
    • Hispanic or Latino
    • Middle Eastern or North African
    • Pacific Islander
    • White
    • Another race or ethnicity
    • More than one race or ethnicity
    • Prefer not to say

*Would you be willing to answer additional demographic questions in the future? (Yes/No)


Last updated
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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