Are public sector employees fully engaged in their jobs? Why do they feel their jobs are important? In 2012, the GOVERNING Institute completed a comprehensive research study into the topic of employee engagement in state and local government to answer these questions and many more. This Research Overview, sponsored by ADP, discusses the importance of employee engagement and examines the findings of the GOVERNING Institute’s survey. It outlines some surprising results about public sector employees’ job enthusiasm, pride, responsibility and satisfaction. It also includes some strategies and proven best practices to help boost employee engagement in your agency.