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February 27, 2024
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Are Employee Surveys Effective? 

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Employee surveys can help employers better understand aspects of their organizations, such as job satisfaction, company culture and employee benefits. It’s essential to know how employees view their organizations because it can provide information that can be used to improve workplace conditions, thus strengthening retention rates, improving morale and increasing productivity. However, many organizations may wonder if these surveys are truly effective.

What Are the Types of Employee Surveys?

The different types of surveys include the following:

  • Annual review surveys
  • Company culture surveys
  • Employee engagement surveys
  • Employee satisfaction surveys

What Are the Benefits of These Surveys?

These surveys provide the following benefits:

  • Improved employee honesty—empowers workers to voice their opinions openly and honestly. This may be possible through one-on-one discussions and small groups, but employees are more likely to share their genuine opinions when they can do so anonymously.
  • Enhanced big-picture thinking—asks open-ended questions that can spark workers to speak about themselves and the missions and goals of their organizations. This can add value because employees can see how they contribute to company-wide initiatives.
  • Increased employee retention—identifies issues before they become more significant problems for entire teams or companies. These surveys can help highlight early warning signs that employees are dissatisfied or are considering leaving their roles.
  • Expanded resolution capabilities—helps employers receive feedback about employees’ issues with their organizations. This feedback can then help resolve issues within specific teams or organizational departments.

What Are the Downsides of Conducting Surveys?

Conducting these types of surveys can have some downsides. Some employees may not participate or answer honestly, which can create inaccurate survey data. Downfalls that are included, such as being unable to survey everyone, not providing precise results and being incapable of causing immediate change. It’s also important to note that issuing surveys too frequently can cause employee fatigue, leading to less accurate results. Organizations must consider these factors when considering post-survey data pools and drawing conclusions.


We’re Here to Help 

Developing and conducting employee surveys can provide feedback for employers to gain critical insights and help develop workplace improvements. When these surveys are properly utilized, employers can create spaces for employees to share opinions, which can help them feel more satisfied and engaged at work.

At Lyceum Insurance Services, our dedicated team fully understands the critical role that employee surveys can play in a successful and innovative workplace. We will draw on our over 40 years of experience serving employers to help your organization learn from employee surveys to identify employee benefits that could be improved.

This blog is intended for informational and educational use only. It is not exhaustive and should not be construed as legal advice. Please contact your insurance professional for further information.


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