The New Job Survey

The New Job Survey targets two key groups of employees—new employees and existing employees who have changed jobs. Both groups provide much needed feedback at critical points in their career with the BC Public Service.

Who Gets a Survey and When

Employees new to the BC Public Service and existing employees who have changed jobs within the BC Public Service receive the survey about three months after their start date. This gives them time to get settled in their new job (and work environment) before completing the survey.

Why Do This?

The New Job Survey­—along with the Work Environment Survey and Exit Survey—is part of a longstanding program that allows employees to provide confidential feedback regarding their experiences, needs and perspectives throughout their BC Public Service work life cycle.

These insights help us improve how we attract, retain and develop employees in order to maintain the diversity of skills needed to keep pace with the growing range of services we provide to British Columbians.

It’s all part of the B.C. Government’s corporate plan and commitment to building internal capacity.

How We Use the Information

The information gathered from the survey is used to:

  • Improve the experience of new employees during the hiring and orientation process so they have the best start possible
  • Engage and retain current employees
  • Plan for future talent needs through career development
  • Develop recruitment strategies to hire the talent we need

As well, all the information gathered is protected under the Statistics Act and is kept confidential. Before the results are published, responses are combined and all potentially identifying information is removed so individuals cannot be identified.

The Questions

Some research questions that we used to design the questionnaire are:

  1. What attracts new employees to the BC Public Service?
  2. What are some characteristics of employees the BC Public Service is recruiting?
  3. What are employees’ perspectives of the corporate (and ministry-specific) hiring and on-boarding processes?
  4. What are new employees’ intentions around staying with the BCPS and what are their future career plans?
  5. What are employees’ perceptions of their work environment?
  6. What are employees’ motivations for making job changes?
  7. How do job changes impact employees’ perceptions of their work environment and engagement?
  8. Do employees feel supported during their transition?

Questions about demographic are included to better understand the diversity and range of experiences for all employees within the BC Public Service and how their experience impact Work Environment Survey (WES) trends.