Why do Employee Surveys Work?
The employee, volunteer or stakeholder survey is a tried and tested method of really understanding what it feels like to work within an organisation. We do this by asking a set of questions in such a way that we can test the participants’ perspectives and realities, their lived experiences. There are many benefits from using such a tool which are laid out below.
Get a real view of how staff and volunteers are feeling
When you survey your workforce, you can quickly identify how your employees are feeling about their jobs, their managers, the organisation – what works well and what does not work so well.
Build trust in your organisation as an employer of choice
It is one thing to tell your employees and volunteers that you care about how they are doing. It is quite another thing to proactively seek their feedback and contribution, and to then act as a result.
You give your employees a voice when you regularly seek their feedback, particularly when you demonstrate action on the back of that feedback. In turn, your employees take comfort in the fact that you care about their concerns and ideas. Trust is established, and it continues to develop over time.
When your employees trust you, they are more likely to follow you because they will believe in where you are going.
Survey results help to grow and develop your business
With the results of employee engagement surveys to hand, the organisation, its leaders, and managers can make decisions and changes that lead to growth. They can also decide to change the way things are done altogether, which could create a stronger, more inclusive culture underpinned by engaged employees.
Effective and quick tool for gathering data
There is no sense in trying to figure out how engaged your employees and volunteers are by asking everyone individually. This would be pretty time consuming if we had to set up a call with everyone in an organisation.
By making use of the latest employee engagement surveys for your entire staff and volunteer community, you create an effective and optimal process of gathering feedback. It is a definite time saver that proves invaluable.
Track data over time
Great leaders and managers develop positive action plans to resolve any issues and of course to replicate good practice. They can then track their progress through future surveys. Gathering diversity data allows organisations to be able to demonstrate progress on embedding Equality Diversity and Inclusion in heritage. You can’t improve what you don’t measure. If you’re not tracking employee engagement in the first place, then you can’t improve it. Looking at diversity across an organisation and then tracking it year on year allows you to call out patterns for protected characteristics.
Hopefully, the data shows that you are heading in the right direction. If not, it is time to try something different; it’s time to course correct.