7 steps to a successful employee survey

Preparation, design, communication and analysis all required
By Sean Fitzpatrick
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/06/2011

Surveys are viewed as a fair, democratic and legitimate way of assessing a wide range of opinions. Employees like being asked about their thoughts and ideas — it’s human nature. And with web-based tools, a simple opinion survey can be quickly thrown together, administered and yield meaningful results.

However, essential components are missed more often than not and survey results can end up being obtuse or even contain the wrong items. So, a deliberate, systematic approach should be adopted, with attention paid to each step to ensure a successful survey process.

Seven steps should be followed when implementing an employee survey: