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Understanding the benefits of workplace surveys
July 9, 2019 at 12:00 AM
by DropThought
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Do you know what your employees think of their working environment? It’s no big secret that a happy workforce is an effective workforce. When you want to make sure your employees are content with their work setting, you may want to survey them.
 

At Drop Thought, we understand the value of feedback across all types of workforces. Below, we’re going to explain the benefits of workplace surveys and feedback analysis.

An opportunity to identify issues

Even when you feel as though you’re doing well as an employer, there’s a chance that your workforce is experiencing problems. Unfortunately, waiting for them to speak to you in person may result in the situation growing out of control.
 

You certainly don’t want any difficulties to reach a boiling point. That's why it’s better to unearth them before they become too tricky to manage.

With a workplace survey, your employees can highlight problems anonymously. If you use feedback analysis, you can spot common trends. Any trends that become apparent should be treated as a universal concern.

You can see employee satisfaction levels

Attracting talented individuals to your business is a tough gig. Many of the best resume holders will choose their employer based on how they’re likely to progress. They will also likely assess whether you provide a happy working environment.
 

You can’t predict how happy someone will be when working for you. But you can ask your current employees how they feel.

Issuing a survey that assess employee satisfaction allows you to rectify problems before you begin hiring new staff. You may also be able to use feedback analysis to identify difficulties within particular departments. If you’re hiring into those departments, creating a sense of harmony before you begin advertising your job is crucial.

Your HR team knows where to improve

Ask any HR manager whether they have an easy life and they’ll probably tell you “no.” Humans are mysterious creatures and they don’t always like to complain. When they feel as though their livelihoods depend on not complaining, unearthing what your HR team needs to change feels challenging.

Surveys are anonymous and available as a low cost option to those working on a tight budget. This makes them a great way of assessing how your workforce feels. With the right feedback analysis, your HR team can identify key areas for improvement.
 

By having accurate areas to target, they avoid wasting money on measures that are ineffective. As a result, feedback analysis reduces your HR team’s workload in trying to figure out the truth. It also allows them to introduce cost-friendly changes.

Feedback analysis helps you unearth motivating factors

We all choose to work because of something that motivates us. While your employees will have motivating factors outside of their jobs, they’ll also have motivating factors that keep them at your workplace. By understanding what those motivating factors are, you’ll find it easier to push your workforce to exceed expectations.

Once you’ve used feedback analysis to identify motivating factors, act on them by making them more accessible.

For example, if your employees are motivated by their annual bonus, accentuate ways they can hit their sales targets. Or, if they’re driven by the idea of rising through the career ranks, give them more personal development and networking opportunities.

To make your feedback analysis more effective, you may want to issue surveys according to different departments. Feel free to use a mixture of multiple choice questions and open answer boxes. While multiple-choice questions make it easier for you to spot trends, open answer boxes give you specific points to action.

At Drop Thought, we’re here to make your life as an employer easier with our workplace-specific surveys. Using feedback analysis, you can transform your working environment for the better. To learn more, contact us.