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Employee Engagement Survey Participant Information

What do you like best about your job? What are some things that can improve? What feedback would you like to give your supervisor about your experience at work?

501 Commons is conducting an Employee Engagement Survey in partnership with the King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy (VSHSL). The survey is designed to help nonprofits increase employee satisfaction. The hope is that changes guided by this information would lead to improved retention of talented employees.

Make your voice heard. Share how factors beyond your paycheck impact how you feel about your work. The past year has been especially difficult for nonprofit employees, so please take the 15-20 minutes to complete the survey. You’ll be asked to rate things such as work culture, how well your supervisor supports you, COVID-19 response, and more. If more than five people participate from an organization, we will provide the organization with a summary report on their employees' feedback. The report maintains confidentiality and will not disclose the identities of respondents.

The survey is anonymous, meaning no one at your organization or King County will know how you answered any questions. Individual responses are entirely confidential and are submitted directly to 501 Commons.

Thank you for participating!

The survey launches on April 6!


Participant FAQ

What is the King County Employee Engagement Survey? The survey is one of two surveys for nonprofits that allow organizations to compare pay levels, benefits, employee satisfaction, and COVID-19 responses. The other survey is a Wage and Benefits Survey. The survey is sponsored by the King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) and conducted by 501 Commons.

What kind of survey is an Employee Engagement Survey? Employee Engagement Surveys (sometimes called climate surveys) are used by nonprofits and businesses to better understand employee sentiments. They have been demonstrated to provide vital information to support managers. Read the Harvard Business Review article "Employee Surveys Are Still One of the Best Ways to Measure Engagement."

Who can participate in the survey? Employees of all nonprofit organizations based in or serving King County residents are invited to participate.

How can I participate? You can access the Employee Engagement Survey by going directly to the 501 Commons website or through your employer if they have chosen to participate. You (and your colleagues) can still take the survey even if your employer is not promoting the survey to staff members. Individual responses are entirely confidential and are submitted directly to 501 Commons survey staff.

Why should I participate? Your answers will help employers learn from you and your peers about what influences your job satisfaction and makes you feel supported at work. Using this information, employers can compare employment practices across all nonprofits in King County and identify any needed changes. The survey is anonymous, meaning no one at your organization or King County will know how you answered any questions. Individual responses are entirely confidential and are submitted directly to 501 Commons survey staff (see below for more information about confidentiality and employer feedback).

When does the survey begin and end? You will be able to take the survey beginning on April 6. The survey closes on June 6.

How long does the survey take to complete? It will take about 15-20 minutes to complete.

Are surveys available in languages other than English? Yes, the survey has been translated into these languages: Amharic, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. When you access the survey you can choose the language you prefer.

Will I be able to see the results of the survey? Yes, aggregate survey results will be posted on the 501 Commons website in early fall once all the responses have been analyzed.

How will the information be used? If more than 5 people in your organization participate in the survey, your leadership will receive an organizational report with valuable information about how employees feel about their jobs, their satisfaction with compensation, and their overall perceptions of the workplace. The results can allow your organization’s leadership to identify issues they could address to improve employee engagement and service to clients.

All responses to the survey will also be summarized in an aggregate report that will be available online. This report allows employers the opportunity to hear the perspectives of nonprofit employees from many King County organizations and learn what affects job satisfaction for people working in the sector.

Who is conducting the survey? The survey is sponsored by the King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) and conducted by 501 Commons, a Seattle-based nonprofit management support organization. 501 Commons provides various consulting, educational, and subscription-based finance, IT, data, and HR services to nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest. We have been providing employee survey services for many years.

Will my responses be confidential? Yes, all survey responses are confidential. Responses will be submitted directly to 501 Commons survey staff. To protect employee confidentiality, 501 Commons will not provide this organizational report unless at least five employees participate in your organization. Individual employee responses will not be provided to your employer or to King County.

Where can I go to get help with the survey or ask additional questions? If you have other questions about the King County Employee Engagement Survey, join us for an information meeting on Tuesday, March 9, at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Visit our event page to register for the meeting.

You can also contact Jenny Lundqvist at jenny@501Commons.org for assistance. All inquiries will be confidential.