Public service employee surveys
The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that ongoing workplace improvement is based on evidence, such as that collected through public service employee surveys. Public service employee surveys allow the federal public service to identify what it is doing well and what it could be doing better to ensure the continuous improvement of people management practices in government. Better people management practices lead to better results for the public service, and in turn, better results for Canadians.
The federal public service conducts two surveys of its employees:
- the Public Service Employee Survey, a comprehensive survey done every three years
- the Public Service Employee Annual Survey, a short survey conducted every year in which the comprehensive survey isn’t conducted
Public Service Employee Survey
The Public Service Employee Survey is led by the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, in collaboration with Statistics Canada. This survey has been conducted every three years since 1999. It measures federal government employees’ opinions about their engagement, leadership, workforce and workplace.
The last survey was conducted in 2014. A total of 182,165 employees in 93 federal departments and agencies responded to the survey, for a response rate of 71.4%.
2014 Public Service Employee Survey results and related documents
- Results for the Public Service, Departments and Agencies by question
- Results for the Public Service, Departments and Agencies by theme
- Distribution of respondents by demographic characteristics
- Open datasets
- Highlights of results
- Summary Report
- Focus Series
- 2014 Public Service Employee Survey: Frequently asked questions
- Comparison of 2014, 2011 and 2008 PSES questions
- Participating departments and agencies
- Description, data sources and methodology
Previous years and related documents
Public Service Employee Annual Survey
The first Public Service Employee Annual Survey will be conducted from to . The survey will be administered by EKOS Research Associates Inc. on behalf of the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, and will focus on aspects of the workplace such as respect, diversity and well-being.
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