It can be argued that using regular surveys can help you to improve your employee engagement; this increased engagement can be understood in a number of ways, from opening up the confidence in employees to provide constructive feedback, through to being able to troubleshoot details on projects. Ultimately, though, employee engagement can be helped by using surveys that respond to particular challenges in your business, and seek to gauge attitudes, giving employees a space in which to be more involved in the day to day and the long term running of a company.
Employees that are given the chance to provide anonymous feedback can become more confident, and more engaged, by having a clear communication channel through which to comment on their experiences and provide opinions; anonymity is particularly crucial, in this context, for giving employees the confidence to address managerial problems without worrying about their job security.
Troubleshooting for Projects
Employee surveys can help to improve engagement with specific projects before, during, and after major projects; filling out surveys allow employees to provide feedback on how a project is being set up, and whether any areas could be improved. This feedback can be used to encourage self-reflection during the development of a large scale project, where it can be hard to get formal feedback on a regular basis.
Flexibility and Focus
Surveys that quiz employees that may not be working in a central office, or are working from home, can represent a good opportunity to boost cohesion, and to get a wide range of different perspectives on a problem. It’s possible to use employee surveys, in this way, to build up a broader sense of how work load is being distributed within a company.
Get Different Perspectives
The level of engagement within a company can be boosted by allowing employees to put forward ideas that may not normally have been brought to the surface; this kind of engagement with problems can give you a new perspective, and can be made into a valuable part of the decision making process within a business.
Develop Better Benchmarks
If you want employees to get a stronger sense of what their goals are, and how they can become better engaged with them, surveys can allow them to reflect on selected deadlines, as well as on how effective their current workplace is for delivering these results.
Improve Internal Communications
Surveys can also be useful for allowing employees to give you feedback on the current quality of your internal communications; this might involve looking at the success of internal emails, as well as the accessibility of an Intranet system.
Boost Awareness of Company Culture
More engaged employees can potentially be created by using surveys to test their knowledge of what their employers do, and how they can think about their place within a broader working culture.
Regular surveys can allow individual employees to formally reflect on their role within projects, as well as over what they get from being part of different teams over time.
Improved Line Management
Carefully developed employee surveys can allow anonymity to be used for staff to raise any issues they may have with middle management and the allocation of resources within a company; while sometimes difficult to produce without causing confidentiality issues, these surveys can help to indicate where solutions might be made.
Even short surveys delivered to provide a few questions on employee satisfaction and suggestions for change can help to foster a stronger degree of engagement within a business; doing so can also help to develop a transition between old and new management styles.
Bob is a successful entrepreneur and has found that with 360 feedback he is able to accurately judge how his employees are performing. After having set up several business and seen them flourish he now is looking to share what he has learnt over time with others.