Since employee satisfaction is one of the most crucial factors determining the success of a company, employee surveys play an important role in businesses around the world. While many companies fear tough feedback from their staff, regular trend pulse surveys can quickly lead to work climate improvement. Employee surveys are therefore increasingly becoming a tool with which to influence employee satisfaction in real time and the work climate within a company can thus be optimized as desired.
The Case of Amazon
Amazon has had to face harsh criticism in recent months because of its supposedly horrendous working conditions. This has not only caused damage to the image, but also to the self-image of this corporation, which is now trying to turn things around. Employee surveys are more relevant to the e-commerce giant than ever before.
Therein, the board members are keen to learn about the working conditions and the satisfaction of the staff working at the lowest levels within the company. The workers in the logistics centers receive daily surveys about their job satisfaction, the training they receive and opportunities for advancement as well as their immediate supervisor.
Thus, the so-called Amazon Connections Innovative takes things one step further than traditional employee surveys. After all, daily monitoring takes place. In the coming months, upper level management will even have to respond to the Amazon Connections surveys. In case of questions, the Connections team calls on the individual employee directly so as to obtain even more in-depth feedback. However, employee responses remain 100 per cent anonymous outside of the Connections team in order to encourage the employees surveyed to provide truthful responses.
Trend Pulse Surveys—State-of-the-Art Employee Surveys
Companies committed to proactively ensuring greater employee satisfaction are increasingly relying on so-called pulse surveys. Companies give these employee surveys at short, regular intervals. As such, one can quickly obtain an overview regarding the "the health of a business," which explains why the term "pulse" is used. The employee surveys are internet-based and can easily be adjusted according to the needs of the individual business.
Many companies that use these surveys successfully were able to derive the following benefits:
- Measuring employee satisfaction in real time
- Greater employee engagement
- Increased productivity
- More satisfied customers
- More innovation
- Better work climate
- More open communication
- Positive impact on employee health
In addition, certain issues receive specific focus, and staff take weekly surveys about these issues. This may cause employees to notice positive changes in the given area more or to make more suggestions for improvement, which the entire company can benefit from.