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State Employee Engagement Survey

Survey Results & Analysis- summary table

2017 Employee Engagement Survey Report (PDF, 678 KB)

Every year, State Human Resources administers the State Employee Engagement Survey for the executive branch.

In 2017...

  • 75 agencies, boards and commissions participated in the survey, representing 99.9% of the executive branch workforce.
  • 47,243 employees took the survey, for a response rate of 75%.
  • 80% or more gave positive ratings for the three following issue areas:
    • Knowing what is expected of them
    • Being treated with dignity and respect by their supervisors
    • Knowing 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 Employer of Choice measure.


Employee Q&A about the survey

How is the data used?

Questions used in the survey

Tools and resources for employee engagement