The results of the Public Service Employee Survey are in!

The results of the 2017 Public Service Employee Survey were released today. More than 60% of you shared your perspectives on your workplace culture, well-being, leadership, and personal level of engagement. Thank you for taking the time to participate. 

The results of the survey provide valuable insights into our strengths and the areas where there is room for improvement. We are pleased to see encouraging trends regarding the use of official languages, job satisfaction, and career development. More of you also feel you can be innovative and take initiative at work, a positive sign that we are becoming more open to new ways of working. 

For the first time, the survey included questions about the impact the pay system is having on public servants like yourself. The results confirm the challenges we face and the unacceptable emotional and financial hardship the pay system has had, and continues to have, on you and your families. Please know that many dedicated public servants are working hard to address the pay issues, and that your senior leadership is fully committed to providing assistance and support when and where it is needed. We are also analyzing the root causes of the problems and lessons learned to prevent this type of failure from happening again. 

The results regarding harassment and discrimination continue to underscore the need to have the right tools, policies, and supports in place. As we have said before, harassment has no place in the Public Service. We must all continue to work together to create a healthy, harassment-free, diverse, and inclusive workplace. The new Centre on Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness within the Public Service, announced in Budget 2018, will support your departments and agencies in doing just that.

In the coming weeks, your managers and senior leaders will closely study the survey results and identify ways to address the findings. This work will only help strengthen our already strong and proud public service. 



Michael Wernick
Clerk of the Privy Council
and Secretary to Cabinet
                                                                        Anne Marie Smart
Chief Human Resources Officer
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