Employee Survey coming spring 2019

Dear fellow King County employee,

King County Executive Dow Constantine

Through our Investing in YOU work we’re continuing to build a workplace where you have the tools, support, and opportunity to do your best work.

For the past three years we’ve used the annual Employee Engagement Survey to hear from you about how can we make King County a better place to work, and how we can provide services more effectively to our residents.

Using what we’ve learned on our engagement journey and in response to your feedback, we’re making improvements to the engagement survey process.

First, based on your feedback, we are switching administration of the annual employee engagement survey from fall to spring. We heard that fall is a very busy time for you and that spring would offer more time for digesting the results and creating action plans. So, the next survey will be administered in spring of 2019 and will continue on an annual basis.

Second, beginning in 2019 you’ll see some exciting changes: a shorter survey, the ability to check in more frequently to see how things are going, and more robust information about the relationship between engagement and how our organization performs. But we’ll continue to provide the pieces that we heard matter to you, such as the ability to track data trends over time, reports that help you figure out where to focus your efforts strategically, and the ability to look at data through an Equity and Social Justice lens.

In the meantime, we remain focused on acting on 2017 results. In the past year workteams, divisions and departments have created 285 action plans to address issues like career advancement, work life balance and how we work together as teams. I asked my Cabinet and members of my Senior Leadership Team to create action plans of their own to address your feedback through the survey about their visibility, communicating openly and honestly and modeling expected behavior. I also have my own action plan and have been enjoying getting out to your worksites to learn more about what you do and hosting listening sessions in my office with groups of employees.

I look forward to sharing more information with you as we get closer to the launch of the next survey. Thank you again for everything you do for our residents and our region.





Dow Constantine
King County Executive