2013 State of Colorado Employee Engagement Survey Results

Denver — Friday, February 28, 2014 — The State of Colorado today released the results of the 2013 State of Colorado Employee Engagement Survey. The employee engagement survey, administered in November 2013, asked state employees to provide their candid opinions on all dimensions of state employment – their supervisors, work experience, innovation, growth and development, resources and public service.

In 2013, more than 16,000 employees gave their feedback for a response rate of 44 percent — up from 24 percent overall participation in 2011. Survey respondents included full-time, part-time and temporary employees throughout multiple branches of government, state agencies and higher education institutions.

The state saw meaningful improvements (a difference of 3 percentage points or more) in several categories and no significant declines. Resources were the most consistently improved topic across the state and the top strengths were based on work, supervision and teamwork.

Executive Branch employee engagement improved by 3 percentage points overall, of which one of the top drivers was increased confidence in leadership. Most state employees (92 percent) see their work as important, are proud to be employees of the State of Colorado, and feel accountable for their work. State employees are collaborators who work together in order to get the job done, but sometimes feel impeded by process and systems. Many (82 percent) believe their supervisors treat them with respect and support work/life balance.

“The 2013 Employee Engagement Survey reveals the state workforce’s resilience and strong commitment to providing effective, efficient and elegant services for Colorado residents and visitors,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “The feedback that we received from the survey will help us enhance current processes and pinpoint innovative solutions to issues facing Colorado.”

The survey results show Colorado has areas that exceed government norms relative to surveys in other states, including that state employees believe they have the support they need to be innovative, feel a sense of accomplishment in their work and have more trust and confidence in their supervisor.

The survey results are being delivered to the executive directors of all state agencies. Agencies will create specific action plans based on employee feedback. As a result of the 2011 Employee Engagement Survey, the state implemented Lean processes across all agencies, improved the statewide recruitment and selection process, and improved customer service by modernizing systems.

The statewide employee engagement survey was anonymous and administered by OrgVitality. The results are posted on the website of the Department of Personnel & Administration at www.colorado.gov/dpa.

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The Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration’s mission is to provide quality services to enhance state government success. From human resources to central services, procurement to payment, administrative courts to financial reporting, DPA is working together to serve Colorado.


For additional results from 2013 State of Colorado Employee Engagement Survey click here.


For more information, contact:
Michaela Turner
Communications Specialist
O: 303-866-3477  |  C: 303-968-6474