Research

Employee Survey Findings

Spotlight on State and Local Government Employee Survey for 2022

This survey of human resource professionals tracks challenges facing state and local governments in recruiting and retaining employees and strategies for managing and compensating those staff.

In 2022, more than 80% of employers reported hiring employees over the past year, and nearly 40% said they have offered broad-based pay increases to attract and retain workers.

Among other trends, the survey also reveals how employee resignations and retirements have affected staff totals; and lists the most common reasons employees gave for leaving their jobs. Many employers reported difficulty finding qualified candidates for key professional and skilled positions. The most common flexible work practice is regular hybrid scheduling for eligible positions, offered by more than half of respondents. 

The survey was conducted from March 3 to April 24, 2022, in partnership with the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) and the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE).

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Among the key survey highlights:

55
%
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of respondents hired more full-time staff in 2021 than they did in 2020.

65
%
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or more identified a list of 10 key positions as hard to fill. Seven of those ten positions had fewer then 10% of respondents reporting them as hard to fill in 2015.

54
%
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Although there has been some decline in telework in 2022, 54% provide for regular hybrid staffing, and new policy approaches are supporting that when an emphasis on remote employee engagement, mentoring, and performance appraisal.

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%
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Only 41% feel their employees are financially prepared for retirement.

29
%
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report progress on achieving greater racial diversity.

51
%
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say they hear from departing employees that compensation is too low.

This research offers insights into current workforce challenges and trends that state and local leaders currently face in attracting, recruiting and retaining employees. For more details, download the report.

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