Conducting employee surveys are one of the best ways to get a feel of how your organization is doing as well as feeling about certain aspects of their job. It helps companies transform their corporate culture and grow employee satisfaction, engagement and retention levels. Every company at some point completes an employee survey in one form or another and they all have different ways of conducting them depending on what is important to them as well as their budget and so on. Some companies may have an annual employee survey conduction and some have it every few years.
The reason why employee surveys continue on being strong going is because it shows you a picture of how your organization is doing at a particular task, as well as it does not take very long to complete. Now, there are a few ways of conducting them. Some companies conduct their own surveys, while others hire a third party to conduct them. The benefit of hiring a third party to conduct the surveys is that the employees will feel quite more anonymous as it is a different company conducting them and thus would typically be more truthful with their answers.
Now we spoke about budget restrains. Many companies conduct their own surveys, as it is a great way to save money while at the same time completing the required answers. This could work, but it depends on what you are asking. If you are asking sensitive questions you may not get a very honest feedback. Regardless, completing surveys even if they are small are better than no surveys. Companies complete surveys sometimes without even knowing it! If you get your company together and just ask all of them how they feel about a new change, you are conducting a survey. It does not mean it has to be written down. Although having a paper or an electronic survey is better as it gives your employees time to think about their answers.
With the current COVID-19 pandemic, conducting employee surveys are more important than ever in making sure that all your employees feel comfortable in their work environment as well as have an opportunity to voice concerns as well as suggestions for improvements within your company.