Employee Engagement Surveys: 8 Questions Your Employees Crave

Consistent employee engagement surveys matter

Surveying employees regularly is an ideal way to find out if everyone on your team is satisfied in their position. Because at the end of the day, satisfied employees are engaged employees. And engaged employees are the employees that will help your business or brand reach the success that you dream of. Employee engagement surveys are also an opportunity for a company to implement strategies that will provide the foundation for a positive working environment that employees will thrive in.

But if you want to gain real, tangible value from these surveys, it’s important to make sure that you give your employees the chance to be truthful and uninhibited in their responses. Some of your staff members will welcome the opportunity to give you feedback, while others might be intimidated by the transparency. Choosing questions that they feel comfortable and confident answering honestly is essential.

Don’t know where to start in developing your employee engagement survey? Here are 8 questions that you should include to get you started!

1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you in your job?

Some questions asked in employee engagement surveys can be interpreted in different ways, which can make it difficult to get clear-cut and genuine answers from your staff. This simple and straight-forward question guarantees a clear-cut answer. Want to make it even easier to answer? Try Polly to create simple and recurring polls that your employees can answer directly in Slack regularly so that you can track employee morale over time.  

2. Do you have a clear understanding of the company’s strategic goals?

It’s difficult to expect top-notch engagement from your employees if they are unaware of what the ultimate goals of the company are. The answers you receive might provide an outline for more efficient internal communication strategies to ensure that all employees know what the bigger picture is and understand their role within the company. Having a broad picture of company goals instills confidence and motivation that will help the entire team reach milestones.

3. Do you feel valued at work?

Recognition is a crucial part of the overall success of a business as appreciation in the workplace drives employees to work hard to exceed expectations. As important as knowing what their role is, feeling valued and appreciated is even more paramount. If any of these are lacking, it is a sure recipe for poor productivity, disgruntled attitudes and ultimately, turnover.  

4. Would you refer someone to work here?

Your company can measure employee engagement and loyalty by asking this one simple question: would they recommend your company? Satisfied employees are likely to praise their employers and even recommend them to their friends. Employment experience is one of the strongest ways to ensure positive publicity for your company’s reputation. And ensuring that your employees are the driver of this positive message can help you avoid any damaging negativity that could take years to undo.  

5. Do you feel that you have the opportunity to reach your full potential here?

If your employees think they won’t be able to reach their full potential at your company, they likely won’t be sticking around for the long haul. In fact, they might already be looking for another position. This question is crucial to the financial health and longevity of your business because positive staff retention rates are imperative to a company’s success and reputation. Dedicated and talented employees are hard to come by, so make sure you’re offering developmental opportunities to keep your people around!

6. Does your team help you deliver your best work?

Making sure that your employees are happy with their teams and that teamwork is effective within your organization will deliver the best results for your company. Make sure your employees are supportive of each other and know how to help each other succeed rather than compete with each other. Collaboration and happiness with team dynamics should be a top priority in every workplace.

7. If something unexpected comes up, do you know where to go for help?

You likely have processes in place for situations like these, but do your employees know who to turn to if something unexpected happens? This question offers the chance to see if your staff members are aware of the different support systems in place.

8. Is there anything you’d like to add?

If you want honest, detailed and insightful answers from your employees that will help your business perform better, look no further than open-ended questions. This one is the ultimate question, and asking this at the end of your employee engagement surveys will ensure that all of your employees have a chance to address any issues that might be on their mind.

 

Start gauging your employee satisfaction today

As outlined in this article, employee engagement surveys are a great way to help increase employee satisfaction. There are different ways to ask these questions (and an ideal time and place to ask them!) so take a moment to tailor them for your company’s industry and culture. Short on time and don't want to go through the task of creating your own surveys? Polly has an employee engagement template for you to use (as pictured below) and all it takes is a few clicks to get going. If your team hasn't already migrated their workflows to Slack, get started by downloading Polly for Slack for a frictionless survey experience, or request to see Polly surveys in action.  

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