How often to re-survey employees

How often to re-survey employees?

Today I was asked an interesting question about staff surveys:

I have recently conducted a Global Employee Survey with my current organisation. There is a lot of discussion around when we should repeat this exercise, this ranges from 6 months to 24 months.

Do you have any advice?

My reply:
This all depends what you want to and are willing to do with the results of the employee survey.

I suspect that the organisation you are in now is very different from the one you knew 2 years ago (assuming you have been there that time). The currency of the results is limited to impacts of change by culture, goals, market place % of manager changes etc…

The question I would want to ask is; how would staff react to a repeat survey?

  1. Great – a lot changed last time or …
  2. Not again – they did not listen last time so why this time?

How often do you do your employee surveys?

How do employees react?

 

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Mike Morrison is director of RapidBI, an organizational effectiveness consultancy. He has been involved in HR, OD and strategic development for over 20 years. He can be contacted via www.rapidbi.com/

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