3 Employee Survey Questions That Show What They Really Think of You

by Sabrina Son on Apr 18, 2015 8:00:00 AM

iStock_000033670052_SmallWhy did the yogurt go to the art exhibit? Because it was cultured.

Why don’t they play poker in the jungle? Too many cheetahs.

Got a little chuckle out of you, right? A little humor can go a long way — especially in the workplace. Yes, work is serious business, but it doesn’t always have to be that way.

Sprinkle a little comedy here and there into your employee feedback surveys to shake things up. You’ll be surprised at how your employees will react and, even better, it’ll even have them looking forward to answering future questions. Try out these three questions for starters:

If you could compare the company to a movie, what would it be?

Is it a chaotic atmosphere like The Hangover? Or perhaps it’s a fear-ridden, competitive environment like The Devil Wears Prada. You can decipher a whole lot about your company culture through which movie your employee compares it to.

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What song best describes the leadership team?

  1. Loverboy - Working for the Weekend

  2. Donna Summer - She Works Hard for the Money

  3. Queen - Under Pressure

Music. It has an interesting effect on people. When you hear a song, you have a tendency to associate it with a specific memory.

Are managers only working to get by? Maybe they’re putting in all of their effort. Or perhaps they’re just under a ton of pressure. Whatever answer your employee chooses, you can parse their perception of your leadership team.

A mariachi band suddenly walks into your office. What do your coworkers do?

Do people think their colleagues will join in on the party? Maybe they will chase the band out. Depending on how extreme their reaction is assumed to be, this question gives great insight into how your employee sees their coworkers. It tells you if they enjoy working with them, if they are intimidated by them, or if they flat-out just don’t like them.

At first glance, these questions might be seen as completely absurd. But there’s a method to the madness. Fun and lively questions like these will catch your employees off guard and will help prevent survey fatigue. Plus, they'll also brighten up their workday.


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This post was written by Sabrina Son

Sabrina is the managing editor for the TINYpulse blog. A Seattle native, she loves her morning (or anytime) coffee, spending her weekends on the mountains, and of course, the famous rain.

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