Why Employee Engagement Surveys Suck

Survey Question

Last year I was asked to talk to the board of a small company (employing approx 250 people all under one roof) about employee engagement. Turns out they were interested in starting an employee survey and wanted some thoughts on this. I said ‘give me an hour to put something together’ and came up with this.

Why do employee surveys suck

They decided not to bother with a survey and we did some interesting work together. I guess what I learned from this is that sometimes you just need to go with what you believe. I mean, it would have been easy for me to share these thoughts and finish with ‘but we can avoid all these things and still give you a great survey’. I could have told them what they thought they wanted to hear, and that would have sucked even more.

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Steal with pride

As Jim Jarmusch once said – “nothing is original”. I was going to type his words out then I found them online, already written down. So I stole the work and here it is for you to read:

A great statement by Jim Jarmusch

The lovely Carole disagrees with Jim. She thinks that you (and I) can take stuff that already exists and turn it into something new. Punk = new. DJ’s sampling stuff = new tunes. What about fashions…?

What do you think?

Thanks for all your support and encouragement this week. Keep on keeping on.