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3 Tips for Holding an Employee Engagement Survey

March 1st, 2016

This post shares strategies for holding a successful employee engagement survey in the workplace. Having disengaged or disgruntled team members in your office isn’t just bad for morale, it can negatively impact your business’ bottom line; finding a way to assess your team’s happiness, strengths and weaknesses on a regular basis can help to turn their frustration into productivity.


Sample Questions for an Employee Engagement Survey

The following questions are great for assessing the needs of your team, determining their employee satisfaction, and for coming up with great new ideas to keep them engaged:

  • Do you have the tools to do your job effectively? Why or why not?
  • Do you feel like there are more days you want to come to work than the days you don’t want to?
  • Choose a couple of words that you feel describe your state of mind when you come to work.
  • Do you feel inspired by your manager?

Have you ever tried holding an employee engagement survey in your workplace? Read on for three tips for success.

Employee Engagement Survey [3 Tips for Holding One]

  1. Don’t Ask if You Can’t Fix

Commonly, employee engagement surveys contain prompts like, “I have friends at work,” and ask employees to rate how well they relate to the sentence. It’s important not to ask questions if you don’t know how to provide a fix for the underlying problem. Stick to issues you can solve, like offering more employee flexibility or stocking healthier snack options in the cafeteria.

  1. Use a Third Party Surveyor

Although not required, a third party surveyor like Gallup can add to the effectiveness of your employee engagement survey. This is because your team members may feel like they can be more honest if their privacy is protected and more willing to tell a third party if they have problems in the workplace.

  1. Share the Results Quickly

After holding an employee engagement survey, it’s important not to keep the results private. Team members may perceive that you are doctoring their answers to appear more positive if you let lots of time pass in between holding the survey and publishing the results. You should create graphs, charts or some sort of visual and display it in the breakroom; your team will feel more involved and more confident that you are taking their answers to heart.

For more tips on keeping your team engaged, productive and in high spirits, read additional articles on our blog or contact us today.


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