HRM Five: Essential employee survey questions


In a time where the internet has made instant gratification the way of life, there are multiple things fighting for one’s attention. And unfortunately, employee engagement surveys don’t rank very highly on most to-do lists.

The reality is that if you want people to fill out your survey, you have to make it as easy as possible for them to do so. If it is a slog to complete, it’s unlikely that people will stick with it long enough to click on ‘submit’.

This might mean shorter, more frequent surveys — a five-minute survey every quarter is more likely to get traction than a yearly one that requires twenty minutes (almost half of a typical lunch break!).

If you want to go the route of ‘pulse’ surveys, here are five questions you should be asking. These questions won’t require intense brainstorming on the part of participants, but the answers will still paint a clear picture of how engaged or unhappy employees are – while also providing information on specific pain points.

  1. How would you describe current company culture in one word?
  2. Are you able to see a clear link between your work, and the business’s overall goals?
  3. On a scale of 1 to 10, how confident are you about the leadership’s direction for the business?
  4. Do you see yourself in the organisation one year from now?
  5. If you were to quit tomorrow (hypothetically), what would your reason most likely be?


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