It's no secret that disengaged employees are costing you money. But did you know that disengagement costs U.S. businesses between $450 and $550 billion annually, and 64% of employees are either not engaged or actively disengaged?
To help you assess your team's experience at work, passion, commitment and loyalty, we've pulled together the best questions to ask in order to determine how engaged your employees are.
Here is a list of 25 questions you can use to uncover how your employees feel about your company—ultimately to assess engagement and determine next steps.
Make sure your employees feel not only safe in being candid, but encouraged to be candid. For example, you can use language such as, "The more candid your responses, the more helpful they will be." Just make sure you mean it. Nobody deserves to be penalized for being open and honest.
Best open-ended employee engagement questions (and a few closed-ended)
The following questions can be used for any employee, regardless of their position. The point isn't to use all of these questions, but simply give you plenty of ideas to choose from:
- What business do you see us being in?
- What do you see as the greatest strengths of our organization?
- What are the areas in our organization that you think need the most improvement?
- If you could change one thing about your job (or this company) what would it be?
- If the above change were made, how would it affect your engagement and satisfaction at work?
- What is one thing about your work experience that is really positive?
- What's the one thing you really wish you could change about your job or workplace?
- What three words or phrases best describe our organization’s culture?
- What three words would you use to describe our executive leadership culture?
- How would you describe our company to friends and family?
- Would you refer someone to work here? Why or why not?
- What’s your favorite thing about your job/workplace?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how engaged with your work do you think you are?
- Would you leave your job for higher pay?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your work-life balance?
- Let's just say you were to give notice tomorrow. What would your reason be?
- Do you feel valued at work?
- Do you have fun at work?
- What is a pet peeve you have at this company?
- Have you seen favoritism in our workplace?
- Do you believe you will be able to reach your full potential at this company?
- Do you see yourself working here one year from now? 5 years from now?
- How would you compare our workplace culture to that of your previous employers?
- In what ways can our organization further promote diversity and/or inclusivity in the workplace?
- Do you think leadership takes your feedback seriously? Why or why not?
- Do you find the leadership and management teams to be transparent?
- What can our company do to increase transparency?
- What type of feedback do you receive from your manager?
- Do you receive enough recognition from your manager?
- Do you feel as though you have sufficient training and development opportunities?
- What benefits would make the employee benefits package stronger?
- Do you feel as though your PTO is sufficient? How would you say it compares to the PTO at other companies?
- How would you describe the amount of flexibility and autonomy in your position?
- What do you like about working with your team?
- In what ways do you feel connected to and respected by your coworkers?
- What would be helpful for your co-workers to know about you?
- Are your current responsibilities and promotion path clear and defined?
- Do you have what you need to do your job well?
- Do you find your work meaningful?
- What is the most meaningful part of your job?
- How do you define success within your role?
- How would you describe your ideal day at work?
- When was the last time you felt really satisfied at work? What triggered those feelings?
- What motivates you to go above and beyond at work?
- Do you believe our company has a higher purpose than money and profits?
- In what ways are you proud to work for our company (or not proud)?
- What else is on your mind right now that you would like to tell us?
- Is there something else you expected to be asked in this survey?
- What changes have you seen since the last employee engagement survey?
- What can we do to improve this survey?
Start improving employee engagement at your company today
The questions listed above will help you uncover your team's experience at work in order to assess your employees engagement level and determine next steps. For more hands-on assistance, reach out to me today to start creating a more engaging culture! Together, we'll determine how I can best help you, your team and your company.