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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. Final results are made public by late December. 

Who is eligible to participate?

All permanent and nonpermanent executive 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 was open October 1st through October 31st.

Survey Resources

Highlights from the 2019 survey

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

  • 50,976 employees took the survey, for a response rate of 79%.

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

    • Knowing what is expected of them (86%)

    • Being treated with dignity and respect by their supervisors (86%)

    • Understanding how their work contributes to the goals of the agency (81%)

  • 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

2019 Executive Branch Roll-up Report

2019 Demographic Pilot Report

RAMP Model

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    Last updated
    Monday, January 6, 2020