Employee perception survey results

The Employee perception survey is part of an annual survey program conducted by the Commission. The survey results can assist public sector agencies and authorities with planning and awareness raising. A range of diversity related questions are included. See p. 17 of this report for further information. Refer to Appendix 11 - Employee perception survey results for 2011/12, for a full breakdown of the responses.

Employee perceptions about the treatment of employees from diversity groups

Results from surveys conducted in 2011/12 indicate public sector employee perceptions regarding the treatment of employees from different diversity groups in the workplace are generally positive. The following bar charts provide a breakdown of the results for each question.

Question 1: your agency is committed to creating a diverse workforce

Seventy-five per cent of employees agree their agency is committed to creating a diverse workforce.

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Question 2: has your agency supported you in feeling confident in working with people from diversity groups

Seventy-five per cent of employees agree their agency supports them to feel confident with working with people from different diversity groups.

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Question 3: your workplace culture is equally welcoming of people from all diversity groups

Eighty-seven per cent of employees agree their workplace culture is equally welcoming of people from all diversity groups. Four per cent of employees indicate the opposite (304 employees in total).

Of those employees who perceive their workplace culture is not equally welcoming, 39 per cent feel people from culturally diverse backgrounds are not equally welcomed, followed by Indigenous Australians (17 per cent), people with a disability (26 per cent) and then other diversity groups (18 per cent).

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Question 4: your immediate supervisor treats employees from all diversity groups in the workplace with equal respect

Eighty-seven per cent of employees indicate supervisors treat employees from all diversity groups in the workplace with equal respect. Two per cent of employees indicate the opposite (130 employees in total).

Of those employees who perceive supervisors do not treat employees from all diversity groups with equal respect, 34 per cent feel people from culturally diverse backgrounds are not treated with equal respect, followed by people with a disability (15 per cent), Indigenous Australians (23 per cent) and then other diversity groups (28 per cent).

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Question 5: your co-workers treat employees from all diversity groups in the workplace with equal respect

Eighty-eight per cent of employees indicate their co-workers treat employees from all diversity groups in the workplace with equal respect. Four per cent of employees indicate the opposite (309 employees in total).

Of those employees who perceive co-workers do not treat other employees with equal respect, 45 per cent feel people from culturally diverse backgrounds are treated with equal respect, followed by Indigenous Australians (29 per cent), people with a disability (11 per cent) and then other diversity groups (15 per cent).

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Employee perceptions about unwelcome behaviour

Employee perceptions about the occurrence and acceptance of unwelcome behaviour in the workplace are generally positive.

Question 6: staff making unwelcome comments, jokes or remarks based on a person’s gender or diversity group status is acceptable behaviour in their workplace

Seventy-four per cent of employees do not feel that staff making unwelcome comments, jokes or remarks based on a person’s gender or diversity group status is acceptable behaviour in their workplace. Fifteen per cent of employees feel that it is acceptable behaviour (731 employees in total).

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Question 7: staff making unwelcome sexual advances or other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature is acceptable behaviour in your workplace

Eighty-one per cent of employees do not believe that staff making unwelcome sexual advances or other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature is acceptable behaviour in their workplace. Approximately nine per cent of employees believe it is acceptable behaviour (613 employees in total).

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Question 8: staff making unwelcome comments, jokes or remarks based on a person’s gender or diversity group status occurs in your workplace

Sixty-nine per cent of employees do not feel staff made unwelcome comments, jokes or remarks based on a person’s gender or diversity group status in their workplace. Fourteen per cent of employees indicate the opposite (702 employees in total).

Of the employees who perceive there was an occurrence of unwelcome comments, jokes or remarks, 39 per cent of employees believe unwelcome comments, jokes or remarks were made about people from culturally diverse backgrounds, followed by Indigenous Australians (28 per cent), people with a disability (12 per cent) and other diversity groups (21 per cent).

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Question 9: unwelcome sexual advances or other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature from staff occurs in your workplace

Seventy-five per cent of employees do not believe that unwelcome sexual advances or other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature from staff occurs in their workplace. Approximately seven per cent of staff indicate that unwelcome sexual advances or other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature from staff occurs in their workplace (390 employees in total).

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Employee perceptions about unwelcome behaviour

The Employee perception survey also asked questions about access to flexible work options and leave arrangements (for example, flexible start and finish times, part-time work and purchased leave). Results for 2011/12 are slightly higher than previous years, indicating that the majority of employees feel their workplace supports flexible work options and leave arrangements.

Question 10: your workplace culture supports people to achieve a suitable work/life balance

Seventy-four per cent of employees agree their agency’s workplace culture supports staff to achieve a work/life balance.

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Question 11: taking up flexible work options and leave arrangements

Forty per cent of employees agree that taking up flexible work options and leave arrangements would limit their career prospects.

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Question 12: your agency’s policies support the use of flexible work options and leave arrangements

Sixty-two per cent of employees indicate their agency’s policies support the use of flexible work options and leave arrangements and provide relevant information to staff.

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Question 13: your immediate supervisor supports the use of flexible work options and leave arrangements

Sixty-nine per cent of employees agree that supervisors support the use of flexible work options and leave arrangements and accommodate the needs of employees.

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