What Are Employee Surveys?
Employee surveys are questionnaires designed to gain feedback about a specific topic or issue. While the survey subject could be anything from break room decorations to management style preferences, they all strive to measure the overall opinion of employees. Employee surveys are also commonly used to measure employee engagement and performance at a general level. Surveys can be conducted either publicly or anonymously, but because surveys are typically interested in overall patterns or trends, and it helps employees answer honestly, they are generally conducted confidentially.
Common Survey Struggles
Employee surveys are an excellent tool for understanding opinions and gathering data, but only when they work easily and effectively. For most companies, trying to survey employees means incorporating yet another tool to manage. Third-party survey software costs money, takes time, and ultimately becomes another contributor to tool sprawl. And survey distribution is difficult too. Employees either have to log into a separate system or watch for surveys sent via email. Most of the time, it’s just too much hassle, and what should have been a useful employee survey ends up forgotten, incomplete, or ignored.