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. Final results are made public by late December.
Who is eligible to particpate?
All permanent and nonpermanent exective branch employees are eligible. This excludes legislative and judicial branch employees as well as employees at the public higher education institutions. This also excludes Work Study students and nonemployee work contract employees.
When can I take the 2019 survey?
With a few exceptions, the 2019 State Employee Engagement Survey will official be open starting Tuesday, October 1st through Thursday, October 31st.
- 2019 State Employee Engagement Survey Handbook
- Employee Q&A about the survey
- How is the data used?
- Engagement strategies database
- Engagement strategies summary
Highlights from the 2018 survey
77 agencies, boards and commissions participated in the survey, representing 98.6% of the executive branch workforce.
44,055 employees took the survey, for a response rate of 69%.
80% or more gave positive ratings for the three following issue areas:
Being treated with dignity and respect by their supervisors
Knowing what is expected of them
Understanding how their work contributes to the goals of the agency
Long-term trend data continues to show predictable patterns. Employees in the first two years of a job and employees in small agencies continue to give higher scores than the workforce as a whole. Patterns such as these can provide insight on ways to improve the work experience for all employees.
The employee engagement survey results are used to improve Washington state government as an employer of choice. Progress will be reported through the Results Washington.
Survey Results & Analysis- summary table
2018 Employee Engagement Survey Report (PDF, 567 KB)