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Major survey of Canada’s federal public servants is not well used, and it should be

By Jake Cole      

Jake Cole points out some important, unreported issues arisng from the survey. He has several suggestions to make that could build on the survey results to make positive changes to Canada’s public service, leading to a more engaged, happy and productive workforce.

The top-rated agency on this list, Western Economic Diversification Canada, does a number of noteworthy things to maintain and improve the workplace for its employees, things that most other agencies could readily emulate. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—The latest Public Service Employee Survey (PSES) was carried out in 2019 with results released this month. Official results basically state that employees are slightly more satisfied at work than they were a year ago. Those results, with a little more digging, can reveal much more key information that could help Canada’s public service significantly improve itself. The results can actually identify many areas where improvements are needed and provide good examples, by way of several progressive agencies, where workers are quite engaged and motivated. Finally, with a little analysis that is not part of the official reports, we can identify which of those agencies are the best ones to work for and the ones that face challenges.

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News|By Neil Moss
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