Pulse Survey on COVID-19 and its Impacts on Public Service Employees (PSCIPSE)

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The COVID-19 pandemic is currently disrupting the lives and habits of all Canadians. Over the past few weeks, many public service employees have experienced major changes in their work and lifestyle. In light of this, a series of questionnaires has been developed to gather information that will help departments and agencies shed light on the impact of these changes on employees, and that will allow us to be agile and adapt over time. The questionnaires will cover different topics, such as mental health and wellness, the current work environment, leadership and support, and the ways we will conduct work in the future. A number of questions may be repeated from one questionnaire to the next to help determine how employee circumstances are evolving over time.

The results of this survey will help us assess the state of our workforce in near real time, provide timely information on the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and influence the development of tools and action plans to better support our employees going forward.

Collection period:
Starting in May 2020, with various departments launching the survey at a later date.
Collection method:
Electronic questionnaire
Survey participation:
Voluntary
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    Confidentiality

    Data are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, Chapter S-19. Your information will be kept strictly confidential.

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    Topics covered in the survey

    The survey asks questions about

    • mental health and wellness
    • workplace environment
    • workplace organization, innovation and performance.
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    What is the Pulse Survey on COVID-19 and its Impacts on Public Service Employees (PSCIPSE)?

    The PSCIPSE is a pilot consisting of a series of short thematic questionnaires on the impact of COVID-19 on public service employees. The topics covered include mental health and wellness, the current work environment, leadership and support, and the future of work.

    Why is the PSCIPSE being conducted?

    The COVID-19 pandemic is currently disrupting the lives and habits of all Canadians. Over the past few weeks, many public service employees have experienced major changes in their work and lifestyle. In light of this, a series of questionnaires has been developed to gather information that will help departments and agencies shed light on the impact of these changes on employees, and that will allow us to be agile and adapt over time.

    When will data collection take place and when will the results be released?

    Collection for the first questionnaire of the series began in May, with other departments and agencies launching the survey at a later date. Subsequent cycles of the survey will be launched over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. For each questionnaire, results will be released a few weeks after the data collection has ended.

    Who can participate?

    All employees from participating departments or agencies are invited to participate.

    Is participation mandatory?

    Your participation is voluntary, but all employees are encouraged to express their opinion.

    Which topics will the series cover?

    We are collecting information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employees. The series of questionnaires cover various topics, including:

    • mental health and wellness
    • workplace environment
    • workplace organization, innovation and performance.

    How long will it take to fill out a questionnaire?

    It takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete each questionnaire.

    How can I participate?

    All eligible employees will receive, from their department or agency's senior management, an email invitation with a link to the online questionnaire.

    Are my responses confidential?

    Yes, this series of questionnaires is conducted by Statistics Canada under the authority of the Statistics Act, which guarantees that the information you provide will be kept confidential. To learn more about how Statistics Canada protects your information, visit our Trust Centre.

    A limited number of employees from Statistics Canada and from participating departments or agencies will have access to the data for statistical and research purposes. They will respect the same security and confidentiality requirements as for other surveys conducted by Statistics Canada. To further safeguard your identity, your responses will be grouped with those of other respondents when reporting results.

    What is the difference between this series of questionnaires and the Public Service Employee Survey?

    The Public Service Employee Survey, which was most recently conducted from July 22 to September 6, 2019, provides information to support the continuous improvement of people management practices in the federal public service. The PSCIPSE is focused on measuring the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and wellness, leadership, workforce and workplace.

  • For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 5326
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