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Employee Engagement Faq
What is Employee Engagement?
Employee engagement is the extent to which employees feel passionate about their jobs, are committed to the organization and put discretionary effort into their work.
What is the difference betweek employee engagement and employee satisfaction?
Satisfied employees are merely happy or content with their jobs and the status quo. For some, this might involve doing as little work as possible. Does not address employees’ level of motivation or involvement.
Engaged employees are motivated to do more than the minimum needed in their jobs. Engaged employees feel an emotional connection toward their employer, which tends to influence his or her behaviors and level of effort in work related activities.
What are the objectives of the Employee Engagement Survey?
To conduct a survey to establish the “base-line” Salt Lake County culture and climate based on employee perspectives
To obtain information on employee attitudes about basic areas of job satisfaction, supervision, communication, career opportunities, tools and equipment, physical work environment improvements in organizational effectiveness and efficiency
To provide information for use in establishing future county strategies
Who is facilitating the Employee Engagement Survey?
The process is being led by university staff located in the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah and is designed to preserve employee confidentiality. The responses will be recorded and stored at the university. To protect employee confidentiality, individual survey responses will not be given to SLCo. Rather, university staff will analyze the results and submit a summary report by end of year to the SLCo project team who will then make the survey results available to all employees.
How were the questions for the Employee Engagement Survey generated?
A committee was formed to draft questions of the survey. Six focus groups made up of countywide employees were formed to review, modify, add and eliminate questions of the survey. The focus groups were facilitated by the University of Utah. Hence, the employee engagement survey and the make-up of the questions are a direct reflection and work of what SLCo employees wanted in regards to importance.
Is management able to drill down to their specific division or office to review results of the Employee Engagement Survey?
The short answer is yes. However, to maintain confidentiality of employee’s comments and results, if an office of division is small where it would be possible to self-identity an employee, results will be collected on an aggregate basis. Confidentiality of employee’s results and feedback is top priority.
Will the Employee Engagement Survey be available in Spanish? Paper based survey?
Yes, the survey will be available in Spanish. The survey will also be available in select locations for employees that do not have direct access to a computer. Dates and times will be available on the website. Those locations will also be communicating to those employees at those locations of the times and dates of the hard copy completion.
When will the survey be available to employees?
Beginning Monday, September 28th
. The survey is expected to close on Monday, October 19th. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes for employees to complete.
When will the results of the Employee Engagement Survey be available to employees?
Around January-February 2016. The University of Utah will also conduct post employee focus groups to identify and obtain greater detail in some of the “hot issues” that the engagement survey has identified. Human Resources will conduct multiple countywide employee meetings to review the results of the survey.
Will any action be taken to address any issues that the employee engagement may identify?
This employee engagement survey helps the county identify issues that it can improve upon. Once the results are finalized, Human Resources will work with agencies and departments to review the survey results and develop plans of action.