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Governing Workforce Survey: 2013

The following tables show results of a Governing survey of a random sample of 107 senior state and local government officials conducted June 4 - June 25. Participants were members of the Governing Exchange research community and are not representative of all public sector employees.
 

Overall, how satisfied are you with your job/working conditions?

Response Percentage
Very satisfied 38%
Somewhat satisfied 40%
Somewhat dissatisfied 16%
Very dissatisfied 6%

 

Please rate your satisfaction regarding your organization’s performance in providing the following:

Rating Very Satisfied Somewhat satisfied Somewhat dissatisfied Very dissatisfied
Work/life balance 36% 50% 11% 3%
Competitive pay 12% 38% 37% 12%
Competitive benefits 45% 31% 17% 7%
Promoting employee morale 13% 36% 30% 21%
Employee engagement 17% 33% 30% 21%
Advancement opportunities 10% 25% 40% 24%
Diversity 24% 50% 20% 6%
Training/development 22% 46% 27% 5%

 

Using the statements below, please identify what is permitted or available for employees within your organization:

Benefit Yes No Don't know
Flex time 78% 21% 1%
Telecommuting 41% 57% 2%
Regular Training 74% 26% 0%
Mentoring 40% 45% 15%
Employee Recognition Programs 62% 36% 3%
Performance-based awards or bonuses 23% 75% 2%



Using the statements below, please describe your feelings about your job/role and overall working environment:

Work Environment Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree
I feel I can make a difference by working here 66% 25% 7% 1%
I feel valued here 41% 32% 17% 10%
My work unit is able to recruit people with the right skills 19% 43% 26% 12%
Promotions in my work unit are based on merit 19% 36% 25% 20%
I feel encouraged to come up with new and better ways of doing things 48% 29% 16% 7%
Creativity and innovation are rewarded 21% 39% 25% 14%
In my organization, leaders generate high levels of motivation and commitment in the workforce 19% 39% 21% 21%
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