Job Satisfaction Survey

Encourage an effective workforce with job satisfaction surveys.

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Support a happy, productive workplace by using surveys to ask about employee satisfaction and employee engagement. Do your employees feel that their work is meaningful and their objectives clear? What motivates them to do their best work? Job satisfaction surveys help you make a meaningful connection between employees’ criteria for job satisfaction and your business goals, so you can engage your workforce in a truly satisfying way.

Create a Job Satisfaction Survey

SurveyMonkey makes it easy to learn from your employees. Create a custom job satisfaction survey or get a jump-start with an employee satisfaction survey template from our expert methodologists. We’ll even help you collect answers and analyse the results.

Please note: Some survey templates are only available in English.

How to Use Job Satisfaction Surveys

What is the top reason for employees staying with an organisation? Studies have shown they stay for exciting work and challenge". To keep your employees excited, poll them to understand whether they’re happy with their jobs – and what it takes to ensure that they are. Learn more about:

  • Job satisfaction. There’s a direct relationship between overall employee morale and employee job satisfaction, and surveys can help you see it. Ask your employees: “How meaningful is your work?” and “How challenging is your job?”. Alternatively: “In a typical week, how often do you feel stressed at work?”. Their answers can help you pinpoint and build on what’s working – or correct what’s not.
  • Training and career development opportunities. Most people want to develop their careers, and they’ll stay with the company that supports this development. Use questionnaires to find out whether your employees believe that they have those opportunities within your company.
  • Team experience. Being a member of a good, effective team boosts job satisfaction. Invite employees to assess their teams’ performance. Ask questions like: “How well do members of your team share responsibility for tasks?” and “How honest with each other are the members of your team?”. Use that feedback to develop core team collaboration and communication skills for greater job satisfaction.
  • Experience with management. Managers have a direct impact on employees’ day-to-day job satisfaction. Spot potential issues using surveys. Ask questions such as “How effective is the training you receive from your supervisor?” or “How consistently does your supervisor reward employees for good work?”. Use employee feedback from management performance and 360-reviews to ensure that you’re developing good managers.
  • Performance Reviews. Regular performance reviews – of individuals, teams and managers – can give HR departments a timely insight into how employees feel about their jobs.

Sample Survey Templates

Job satisfaction surveys require thoughtful construction, but we take the work out of it. All of our template questions are written by professional survey methodologists, so you can use them as is. You can also customise templates to suit your needs or create your own using the certified questions available in our Question Bank. (Most of our survey templates are currently only available in English, although we do plan to offer them in other languages soon.)

Here are a few expert-designed templates to help you understand more about employees’ job satisfaction:

  • Employee/Job Satisfaction. Employees can rate their satisfaction with their jobs using this 14-question survey which includes questions about salary, leadership and stress.
  • Team or Department Performance. These 14-question surveys ask employees to assess their team or department’s professionalism, conflict management, communication skills and more.
  • Manager Effectiveness. This 17-question survey invites employees to evaluate their managers’ availability, training, decision-making skills, alignment of work and business strategy, as well as their ability to provide constructive feedback.
  • Management Performance. Employees rate management as a whole in this 14-question survey which presents questions about management’s approachability, resource use, skills and ability as well as money management.
  • 360-Degree Employee Evaluation. Employees can choose to provide feedback about a supervisor, peer or subordinate with this variable survey, with questions based on the role being evaluated.
  • Employee Exit. This 21-question survey asks an exiting employee about the reasons for their departure as well as their experiences with leadership, team members and the work environment.

3 quick tips to improve survey response rates

You should read our guides about how to conduct and create surveys, but here are some ideas for ensuring that employees will complete your surveys.

  1. Be explicit about confidentiality. Reassure your employees that their responses will be kept confidential.
  2. When possible, make responses anonymous. You’re more likely to receive honest feedback and a greater number of completed surveys.
  3. Avoid corporate-speak. Create surveys that sound human and approachable and invite thoughtful feedback.

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