How to approach … employee engagement research
27 September 2021
27 September 2021
This is the first in a short series of blogs looking at how to approach different areas of research. This month I’ll be looking at something which everyone is talking about at the moment – employee engagement.
The last 18 months have seen a huge shift in working practices, last March many of us left our offices and started to work from home. Now 18 months on, some are returning to office based work, but many are wanting to redefine their working week. And, as The Great Resignation shows, some are looking to change jobs completely.
I’ve been asked to help with an increasing number of online questionnaires, all being distributed in an attempt to gauge how employees are feeling about the return to work and what their preferences are in terms of hybrid working. Some are also being used as a wellbeing check-in, an anonymous way of getting a feel for how your teams are feeling right now.
I do wonder whether this feedback will continue in an integrated way with annual employee engagement research – it certainly feels like hybrid working will be an important consideration for a long time to come and the fit between employee and employer will of course have an impact on how valued an employee feels. It’s also going to be really interesting to see how organisations are perceived in terms of whether they have lived their company values during COVID or whether employees feel that there has been a mismatch between values and behaviour.
So what are the key things to consider when running your employee engagement questionnaire.
I hope you find these useful. Once your employee engagement survey is up and running you’ll be amazed at the insight and value it brings.