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ND state employee survey results steady

BISMARCK — A survey of thousands of North Dakota state employees showed little change in results from last year, with about three-fourths of workers responding favorably to the "overall" category of questions.

The survey results from nearly 3,900 respondents in Cabinet-level agencies were shared with Forum News Service Tuesday, Nov. 27, by Becky Sicble, the interim operations director for the state's Human Resource Management Services. The survey was conducted in October, a year after another questionnaire.

Almost all workers in both 2017 and 2018 agreed that their work is important. They also responded favorably to questions about whether their supervisor treats them with respect and whether they enjoy their job.

But only 39 percent of employees said their agency's senior leadership makes decisions transparently and just 41 percent agreed that leadership seeks input from others before making important decisions. A quarter of workers responded negatively to those two questions, while the rest offered a neutral response.

Sicble said the Office of Management and Budget will continue to work with agencies on plans to address the findings.

"While the goal is always improvement, we are pleased that the overall results of our cabinet-wide team member survey were relatively stable, given the substantial initiatives and changes initiated and/or implemented over the past year," she said in an email.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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