Employee Engagement Survey Question Examples
The following open-ended employee engagement survey questions can serve as an employee engagement survey template for your company.
Employee Satisfaction Questions
1. How do you feel about your job today?
This simple question inquires about each employee’s attitude towards their work, keeping it focused on how they feel right now. If employees express a general dissatisfaction with their jobs, answers to other questions may help to pin down the source. The employer and employee may be able to work together to improve satisfaction rates.
2. Would you recommend [our company] to your friends as a good place to work?
This is also known as a “net promoter score”. Employees who are happy with their work are much more likely to recommend their employer to their friends, relatives, and acquaintances. An unhappy employee might tell the people in their immediate circle to avoid applying to a place where they do not feel valued or treated fairly.
From an employer’s point of view, receiving an application from a qualified candidate recommended by a current employee means less time (and money) spent on recruiting.
3. Do you feel enthusiastic about coming to work?
This question asks employees directly how they feel about coming to work. If they feel enthusiastic about the prospect of doing their jobs, then that tells the company that the employee is fully engaged in their work. If the response is neutral or negative, then the company needs to find out what needs to happen to light a spark to improve the employee experience.
4. Do you like working with your team?
Employees who are working with others who are engaged in their work will likely feel more engaged in their own job duties. The positive attitude is often contagious in the office, building, plant, or warehouse.
Sometimes, including a text field where employees can provide further information if they wish can be instructive on this question. An employee may want to share information about a coworker or a manager they are having a problem with. This opens up an opportunity to direct the employee to Human Resources or other channels to get help.
5. Are you satisfied with your compensation (wages, bonuses (if applicable), and benefits)?
An employee’s compensation package is only one way to measure whether they are satisfied in their work. Employees who believe they are being compensated fairly for their work are more likely to say they are satisfied.
When an employer asks about benefits, they can find out important information about which benefits are most important to employees. There may be something that employees value that is not currently being offered in the benefits plan.
6. Do you think about looking for a job at another company often?
Please note that there is a difference between an employee staying up-to-date on the current salary range for their position and seriously thinking of switching employers. People who are engaged in their work would usually say that looking elsewhere has not crossed their minds.
Checking this answer in employee engagement survey results can yield more information about what employees are really thinking about their work. Other feedback from employees can shed light on action items to increase employee satisfaction (and retention rates).
7. Do you see yourself working for [our company] in two years?
Employees who are not currently looking for another job still may not see themselves working for the company two years in the future. The answer to this and the previous question can offer a good idea of how committed workers are to the company. On average, about 60-65% of employees can see themselves staying with the employer for two years or more. If employees score this level or higher, retention rates are less of a concern.