Posted on: 25 May 2016
An employee engagement survey is a great way to gauge the way your employees really feel about their work environment. Employees are asked a series of questions, such as how happy they are with their job. They can then respond with a number, from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, indicating how happy they are, or answer with a yes or no. These surveys are anonymous, which makes the employees feel comfortable enough to put down their true feelings.
There are many standard questions that should be on every survey, such as an employee's overall satisfaction with their job and work environment and how valued and appreciated they feel. However, there are other questions that are just as important that often aren't asked. Here are a few questions that should be included on employee engagement surveys and why they are important.
Do You Foresee Yourself Working Here a Year From Now?
One of the questions that you should include on your employee engagement survey is whether employees foresee themselves still working with the company a year from now. This is important as you don't want to have a high employee turnover rate. High turnover rates can cost your company money. It can be costly to find, hire and train new employees. It also decreases your company's work efficiency, as you are spending time training new employees, rather than having those employees complete their job. If you have a number of employees who don't see themselves working for the company in a year, you have to start to find out why and what you can do to help to retain those employees.
Are You Happy With Your Co-Workers?
Many employee engagement surveys ask employees how happy they are with their supervisor. This is because a supervisor can have a direct impact on an employee's happiness with their job. But, a 2013 study found that the other employees an employee works with affect their happiness more so than their direct supervisor. As such, it is important to ask employees how happy they are with their other employees. If the employees don't like each other or aren't happy with each other, it may be time to do some team building activities or fun company activities. This can help your employees better get to know each other on a personal level, which may help to foster a friendlier work environment.
Do You Feel There are Career Development Opportunities in the Company?
Advancement is important to most employees, especially younger employees. They want to build a career that allows them to grow and advance, rather than remain stagnant in the same position. If they feel that they cannot advance in their current job or with their current company, they may seek to leave their position or they may not feel as engaged in their job, as they feel they have nothing to gain. It is beneficial to a company to offer career development opportunities within the company. You can train and groom employees exactly how you would like them, you give the employees incentive to do a good job, you can retain employees and you can attract employees from other companies who feel they can't advance within their company. This question can help ensure your employees feel like there are career development and advancement opportunities and allow you to work on those issues if the employees feel there aren't.
Employee engagement surveys are an invaluable tool for employers. They provide you insight into what employees really think about your company and working for you. Knowing what questions to ask can help you obtain the information you need to transform your company, retain employees and increase employee satisfaction.Share