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How to use employee surveys

Obtain answers from employees and teams to help cultivate a productive and rewarding working environment. Whether you want to measure employee job satisfaction, collect feedback on employee benefits or run performance evaluations, follow these guidelines and use these examples for an easy way to make surveying an integral part of your organisation’s success.


Using surveys to hire and retain talented employees

Make sure your employees feel valued and engaged. The results you collect from your employee and HR surveys helps you build a rewarding work environment that attracts top talent.

Create benchmarks to measure performance

Without benchmarks, it’s hard to measure performance. Try using employee survey samples to analyse issues such as information processing and responsiveness in your human resources department. You can use personnel survey results as a benchmark for performance ratings and to help identify areas for improvement. When you benchmark, it’s great to see how you improve in comparison to other departments and competitors year after year.

Obtain staff survey results in multiple languages

If you have locations all over the globe, use our skip logic feature to create a single employee survey that presents your employee with a set of questions in their local language, based on their initial selection. For instance, you could use personnel opinion surveys to obtain feedback about your human resources department and their services.

Build training and career development programmes

As employees develop and gain greater skills, they can help grow and evolve your company. Work out which skills your company needs in order achieve its long-term goals, survey employees to find out which skills they want to develop and then match the two for optimum benefit.


Employee survey examples and templates

Conducting a workplace survey can help ensure that you are making the best decisions for your business. Here are a few employee survey ideas to engage your team and initiate the conversation.

Engagement Pulse Survey

If you’re a team leader within your company, one of your top priorities should be keeping your team engaged. This template helps managers quickly and regularly gauge whether their team feels happy and inspired to do their best work. Preview template

Employee Engagement Survey

Do employees find their jobs and responsibilities rewarding? Do they feel challenged and do they still enjoy coming into the office every day? Is there another role that might allow for more fulfilment or better learning potential? Keep morale high by making job satisfaction a priority. Preview template

Benefits Survey

Do employees feel that they are adequately compensated? Does the benefits package match the needs of the staff? Are there perks and benefits they would like to see? Do employees feel that their efforts are being recognised and appreciated? Stay competitive by polling your employees. Preview template

Career Development Survey

Which courses, continuing education or otherwise, do your employees need in order to meet their objectives? What do employees think of your company’s job training and development programme? Do employees feel like this is a workplace that nurtures their career goals and ambitions? Find out with this career development survey. Preview template

Gender in the Workplace Survey

This gender in the workplace survey is designed to help companies assess gender inclusivity at work. Use this template to capture employee attitudes toward the opportunities they’re given to succeed. Preview template


4 tips for using employee surveys

When surveying your workforce, bear these best practices for surveying in mind to ensure that the surveys you create and send yield reliable, actionable data.

1. Keep it casual

Don’t use language that’s stuffy or overly technical. Keep your employee survey questions conversational.

2. Provide incentives

Offer your employees small gifts or prizes for completing surveys, or create competitions between departments for the highest response rate.

3. Make it anonymous

Make sure that your employees know their employee survey answers are 100% anonymous. In order to gain the optimum insight, you need to make it known that their feedback is completely safe.

4. Let them know they’ve been heard

If your employees feel like their feedback isn’t being taken into consideration, they’ll be less likely to participate again. Offer an employee survey presentation to show what knowledge has been gained and what’s being done with the survey results.

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3 quick tips to improve survey response rates

Here are some ideas to ensure that respondents will answer your surveys.

1. Be quick

If your survey is short and sweet, there's a greater chance that more respondents will complete it.

2. Offer incentives

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