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How to Use Pulse Surveys to Increase Employee Engagement

Businessman drawing business plan on glass window with bokeh backgroundThey say that to increase employee engagement, the first step you take is to measure your baseline. But you did that. You've completed your employee engagement surveyanalyzed the results, communicated with your staff about those results, and then taken action to improve the organization. Now what? It's time to measure your progress against your goals!

Because most of our employee survey customers run their full Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey annually, they use a mid-year Pulse Survey to ask employees for feedback on only the handful of issues they were trying to affect. Read on to learn more about how to use Pulse Surveys to confirm that your action steps are working as intended.

 


Questions Most Typically Found on Pulse Surveys

Simply put, you'll want to measure what you're trying to change. At the end of your employee survey, it became clear what two or three things you should work on to increase employee engagement and satisfaction. Reports like your Key Driver Analysis and Employee Demographic Report revealed exactly what drives engagement at your organization as well as your strengths and weaknesses. Whatever you choose to focus your resources on for the sake of improvement, those are the attributes you should re-measure 4-6 months after your initial data collection. 

For example: Peter's Perfect Pickled Peppers (a fictional employer of 500 people with 8 locations across the U.S.) identified that the sales team felt that they couldn't trust what their supervisor told them, they didn't feel valued, and they didn't feel part of a team working toward a shared goal. While these attitudes were pervasive across the organization, they were particularly troubling among the sales team. So the executive leadership team worked with the human resources department to invest some resources into discovery conversations with members of the sales team, trust building exercises across the company, and even made some changes at the supervisory level. Their mid-year Pulse Survey used by Peter's Perfect Pickled Peppers would ask only those questions about feeling trust, valued and part of a team. Perhaps it would also include an open-ended question, for respondents to elaborate on their feedback. 

 

The Process

Our Pulse Survey projects follow the same easy, 5-week process used by our full Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey. We'll provide you with everything you need to set up the perfect survey project and end the work with an analysis call to review your feedback data reports.

 

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Pulse Survey Reporting

Because Pulse Surveys are brief, usually containing fewer than five questions, the reports they generate are straightforward. You'll be able to compare your previous results to the new data, broken down by workplace demographics like department, location and business unit. This sample report includes two tabs, one for the rated statements and the second for open-ended comments. 

 


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It's powerful to know what your employees think! You can identify problems like poor supervision, communication breakdown, and mounting plans to leave your company before expensive turnover affects your business.
 
When you’re ready to learn more about employee survey timelines, process and pricing, schedule a time to meet with one of our employer coaches. We'll get all your questions answered.
 
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Best Employee Surveys
With more than 15 years of experience and collected data, Best Employee Surveys administers recognized survey tools and delivers comprehensive reporting you can trust. Our customizable options ensure that your organization is capturing data in the most effective way for your reporting needs. Because we survey nearly 6,000 companies and their 1,000,000+ employees each year, you can feel good about using our extensive database as a comparative benchmark for your results; it is of the highest quality and is also used to support trending analyses and ongoing research performed by a number of scholars, authors, and presenters worldwide.
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