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Surveying Your Employees on Company Culture

Tuesday January 24th 2017

Culture SurveyAs a leader in your company, your goal is to create an atmosphere that supports productivity and professionalism. But one area that many business leaders agree is even more important is employee satisfaction within the company culture. Contented employees are productive employees who contribute to a healthy work environment. As such, it is important to keep your finger on the pulse of your company culture to ensure that the needs of your team members are being met so that they, in return, are willing and able to contribute to a shared vision that benefits everyone.

One great way to monitor employee satisfaction is through the administration of frequent surveys. While many companies have taken to providing surveys on an annual basis, it may benefit your business to ask some important questions more frequently. Providing surveys with detailed questions on a more regular basis, such as monthly or quarterly, gives you a more accurate and measurable review of your efforts to cultivate a positive work environment. It also allows you to take control of any potential conflicts and resolve them before they grow into a larger problem. Perhaps the most important reason for regular surveys lies in the ability to manage your team members, ensuring that each person is truly the right fit for your company culture and shares the same goals and vision for the business.

Administering employee surveys isn’t so simple as to ask “Are you satisfied?” There are several categories your questions should cover to ensure that every aspect of their experience is satisfactory. Let’s take a look at the important questions you should be asking your employees to gauge company culture.

Overall Company Culture

These questions give the big picture of your employees’ perception of the company. Asking these questions will give you an understanding of how effective your management is, and will also tell you if you’re properly communicating and demonstrating the company vision to your employees.

  • Do you feel that management communicates well with staff about objectives and expectations?
  • Do you feel there is a clear vision and set of values being communicated and demonstrated by management?
  • Do you feel that team members demonstrate respect to each other here?
  • Do you feel comfortable sharing feedback with management?
  • In 1 short sentence, describe our company culture.

Environment

Asking these questions is important to understand how comfortable your employees each feel within their position in the company. While company culture is the bigger picture, questions about the level of workplace satisfaction felt by each employee will help you get to know each member of your team better and ensure that each one is confident in and satisfied by their placement within the company.

  • Do you feel you are on a clear promotion path in your career here?
  • On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied are you with your work?
  • If you were hypothetically to quit, what would your reason be?
  • Do you feel the distribution of work here is fair?

Sense of Value

This is perhaps the most important category of questions to ask your employees, as it gives you an understanding of their sense of worth within the company. It is a very personal glimpse of what each employee feels about your ability to recognize and reward hard work. The information gained from these survey questions will help ensure that you provide a work environment that is not only structured but also supportive.

  • Do you feel valued?
  • How often do you receive recognition for your efforts?
  • Have you ever felt that your accomplishments were not recognized?
  • Do you find it inspiring and motivating to see other employees receive recognition for their accomplishments?

By asking these questions, you will not only gain important information on your efforts to cultivate a healthy, happy and productive work environment, but you will also demonstrate your appreciation for the opinions of your team. Encouraging them to speak openly about the workplace community you’ve invited them to be a part of and respecting their responses will let your employees know that they are valued members of your team.

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