5 essential questions to ask before your next engagement survey

Surveying employees can be an exercise in futility—and can actually damage morale and commitment—unless you commit to take timely action based on the responses.

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You wish your employees were more engaged, so you get ready to conduct another employee engagement survey.

Don’t do it.

At least, don’t do it until you’ve answered the questions below.

If you conduct another employee engagement survey without considering the following questions, you will be part of the dismal history of employee engagement improvement attempts.

Despite all that has been written about employee engagement and the millions of dollars spent on improving it, engagement levels still remain dismally low around the globe, according to the Gallup State of the American Workplace report:

While the state of the U.S. economy has changed substantially since 2000, the state of the American workplace has not. Currently, 30 percent of U.S. workers are engaged in their work, and the ratio of [actively disengaged employees to their engaged counterparts] is roughly 2-to-1, meaning that the vast majority of U.S. workers (70 percent) are not reaching their full potential.

How not to become an employee engagement casualty

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