Employee Engagement Survey

Employee Engagement is the extent to which individuals find their work meaningful and energizing and feel inspired, proud and attached to their organization and their work. 1
The Public Service Commission has administered the Prince Edward Island Employee Survey about every two years since 2008.

PSC is administering several short “pulse” surveys in 2021 & 2022 instead of the traditional 60 question survey. You will notice these surveys are shorter in length and based on themes that will provide useful information on several facets of engagement at a department level. The first one was available from June 21-28th 2021 and was focused on Mental Health and Wellness; and the second is focused on Diversity and Inclusion. This second survey is unique in that its theme is centered around concepts of diversity and inclusion and your experiences in the workplace, sense of belonging, fairness, respect, decision making and leadership, inclusion, psychologically safe workplaces, and a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

Several jurisdictions have taken this approach during the pandemic – they still want to know how employees are doing, and so do we! By answering the questions in this survey, your department will be able to build on its strengths and address the challenges that you identify in your answers. Your comments on your job and workplace will help Shape the Future of the Public Service: supporting the growth of the province through healthy, engaging, inclusive workplaces that we’re proud to contribute to.

Frequently Asked Questions and Information – Diversity & Inclusion Pulse Survey (2022)

Frequently Asked Questions and Information - Mental Health and Wellness Pulse Survey (2021)

Key Milestones of the 2018 Survey:

  • fifth employee survey to date;
  • highest response rate yet at 68 per cent;
  • highest overall engagement index recorded at 74.7 per cent;
  • largest volume of employee comments ever.

The information from the survey provides department management teams with a great opportunity to meet with employees and discuss how to best respond to the findings. Many positive comments indicate what is working well along with ways to address challenges and improve.

Department results were shared with employees. Each department formed working groups to action specific initiatives that were implemented. As a result of valued participation in the last Employee Engagement Mental Health and Wellness Pulse Survey in June of 2021, we were able to take several key actions to help address the results we received:
1.    Departments shared results and created Mental Health and Wellness committees to address department specific issues or needs;
2.    PSC increased access to learning and development about Mental Health and Wellness in our Pathways to Learning calendar;
3.    PSC created a Mental Health and Wellness Resource Toolkit for Employees;
4.    PSC will continue to include key messages from our Employee Assistance Program in Employee Updates;
5.    Government of PEI is committed to fostering important conversations around mental health and well-being for our employees. Stay tuned for more information on this!
If you have questions about the Employee Engagement Survey, please contact your department HR manager.

Corporate Initiatives/ Response to Employee Engagement Results 2018

Being a Mindful Employee

1 Canadian Inter-jurisdictional Engagement Analytics Team, 2018; Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.