- Employee engagement surveys are conducted to gauge employee sentiment
- Use the feedback from employee engagement surveys to make improvements and retain employees
- Pulse surveys are shorter, more frequent surveys that allow employers to respond faster
Today’s employees have options. And, now that more than 65% of American workers are currently looking for a job (PwC), keeping the pulse on how employees feel in your workplace is more important than ever. Of course, you want to keep employees happy and retain them, but without data, it’s very difficult to make necessary changes. Fortunately, there’s at least one tool that can help: employee engagement surveys. When executed appropriately (not just once per year), you can get specific data about how to enhance your workplace environment and overall employee experience.
What is the purpose of an employee engagement survey?
The purpose of an employee engagement survey is to understand employee sentiment and use the feedback to make improvements on the company culture and people’s experiences at work. You can choose the survey type that makes the most sense for your organizational goals.
- Employee culture and experience surveys contain questions to collect opinions about your employees’ true day-to-day experience and the workplace culture. This could include questions about observed behaviors, patterns and the appropriate or inappropriate nature of others.
- Employee engagement surveys contain questions about an employee’s commitment, motivation and purpose. This survey helps leaders understand how engaged employees are and uses a formula to measure results.
- Employee satisfaction surveys contain work-related questions about policies, compensation, and work hours to determine employee satisfaction levels.
How can your business use the results of an employee engagement survey?
Be transparent. If it makes business sense, share the results of your employee engagement survey. Celebrate wins with your team and roll out a plan to address concerns. The sooner you can activate, the better. Many HR technology systems have built in question sets to streamline the process for you and make it easy to analyze results.
How frequently should employers conduct employee engagement surveys?
Although a lot of employers check the box with an annual employee survey, there is another option available to get the information. Many employers now use pulse surveys, which are shorter, more frequent surveys that allow employers to respond to employees’ feedback and address issues sooner. It’s important to note that when employees feel heard and see that employers are making changes in response to their feedback, this gives them reason to continue being truthful in future responses. Employers often conduct pulse surveys electronically as often as once per quarter or monthly.
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How Paycor Helps
Paycor creates HR software for leaders who want to make a difference, which includes Pulse Surveys. Keeping the pulse on your workplace culture, employee engagement and overall satisfaction can be executed through the HR system with just a few clicks. With our helpful visual analytical tools, analysis won’t take weeks or months and you’ll be able to incorporate changes sooner. Pulse surveys not only help you to be more responsive; but with direct feedback from your employees, you can make better business decisions and retain your top talent.
What kinds of questions should be included in an effective employee engagement survey?
To get the best response rates, you’ll want to keep questions pretty simple. You may want to consider using a combination of open-ended questions and questions that can be answered using the Likert scale options: (1) Strongly disagree; (2) Disagree; (3) Neither agree nor disagree; (4) Agree; (5) Strongly agree. To get the data you need to make changes, choose employee engagement survey questions that revolve around a specific topic. This includes:
- Compensation and benefits
- Work environment
- Team relationships and management relationships
- Diversity and inclusion
To make the employee survey process easier for you, Paycor is providing a customizable employee engagement survey template so that you don’t have to start from scratch.