26 September 2023

People survey polled apart

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The Victorian Public Sector Commission has announced that its bi-annual People Matter Survey for 2020 has been temporarily halted.

The Commission said the Survey, which was to commence in May, would be shelved for the time being due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The postponement reduces pressure on public sector organisations in this difficult time,” the Commission said.

It had identified 2020 as a landmark year for the two-yearly project, declaring it was to become annual from this year forward.

“From 2020, all organisations must take the survey each year,” it said.

“By doing the survey each year, organisations can track progress on key focus areas; benchmark their results from year to year; (and) build the evidence they need to continually improve.”

It said that taking part in the project, organisations would receive information to help them understand how their staff perceived how they demonstrated values, codes of conduct, employment principles and standards; measure the level of staff engagement and job satisfaction; understand staff views on leadership; and understand workforce demographics.

It said the organisations would also be able to compare results with similar PS agancies and the broader public sector; determine where to improve; and help make changes to policies, processes and culture to improve behaviours and practices

The Commission said that for 2020 it had refined the survey and its theoretical framework, based on analysis and stakeholder feedback.

“We are improving survey result reports to make them easier for you to understand and act on,” it said.

It said it had also planned to publish top-level results from the survey for use by participating organisations later this year.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and assess new dates in June,” the Commission said.

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