When conducting employee surveys, you should gather as much honest feedback as possible.
However, you don’t want to overwhelm workers with a barrage of burdensome or extraneous questions. It requires a delicate balance to procure the most substantive insights.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are 29 questions to consider using in your next workplace survey.
Questions about culture
These questions explore how employees mesh with the organization’s vision, mission and values, as well as what they think about the company’s commitment to ethics and social responsibility.
Questions about the work environment
Wellness and comfort at work play an important role in employee productivity and engagement. These questions shed light on how your company can provide a more agreeable atmosphere.
Questions about recognition
Do your employees feel valued, appreciated, heard and respected? Ask these questions to find out.
Generic, bland recognition often falls flat. When giving recognition or rewards, make them specific, personal and thoughtful.
Questions about feedback
Employees crave feedback, guidance and clear instructions. It’s also essential to make sure workers feel that their opinions and suggestions are valued.
Questions about satisfaction
How do workers feel about their compensation and benefits? Are they happy with their respective roles and overall work environment? Are expectations and objectives clear? Ask questions that shed light on these issues.
Questions about personal growth
Employers that provide opportunities for skills development and career advancement stand a better chance of retaining top talent. Surveys should cover that crucial topic.
Questions about manager relationships
Employees leave managers—not companies—right? Use surveys as a means to monitor managerial sentiment.
Questions about relationships with colleagues
Employees who have a close friend at work are much more likely to stick around. These questions can shed light on the emotional well-being of your workforce.
- Can you count on your peers when you need help?
- Do you and your peers collaborate well?
- Do you have a colleague that you also consider a friend?
- Do your peers welcome opinions that differ from their own?
Which survey questions do you use?
Do you have any questions you’ve used in surveys that have revealed useful insights? Have any approaches worked well for your company? Please let us know in the comments below.
A version of this post first appeared on the Officevibe blog.