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Your end-of-year Pulse Survey: 26 questions to ask your employees

It’s that time of year again to gather feedback from your employees and assess the overall workplace satisfaction. Your end-of-year Pulse Survey is a crucial tool for understanding what’s working well for your employees and where there’s room for improvement for the coming year.

To help you create an effective Pulse Survey, here are some key areas and questions to consider:

1. Overall job satisfaction

  • How satisfied are you with your job overall?
  • What aspects of your job do you find most satisfying?
  • What aspects of your job do you find least satisfying?

2. Team collaboration and communication

  • How would you rate the effectiveness of communication within your team?
  • Do you feel valued and supported by your team members and supervisors?
  • Are there any communication challenges you’ve faced during the year?

3. Work-life balance

  • How would you rate your work-life balance this year?
  • Have you felt overwhelmed by your workload at any point during the year?
  • Did you feel encouraged to take time off when needed?

4. Professional development

  • Did you have sufficient opportunities for professional development and training this year?
  • Did you receive feedback on your performance that helped your professional growth?
  • Are you satisfied with the opportunities for career advancement within the organization?

5. Managerial effectiveness

  • How would you rate your relationship with your immediate supervisor?
  • Did you receive regular feedback from your supervisor regarding your performance and goals?
  • Do you feel your supervisor supports your career development?

6. Organizational culture

  • How well do you think the company values align with your personal values?
  • How inclusive and diverse do you find the company culture?
  • Were there any instances of discrimination or harassment that you observed or experienced?

7. COVID-19 Response (if applicable)

  • How satisfied are you with the organization’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Were you provided with the necessary tools and support to work remotely, if applicable?

8. Suggestions and comments

  • What suggestions do you have for improving the workplace environment or processes?
  • Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience this year?

9. Recognition and rewards

  • Do you feel adequately recognized for your contributions to the organization?
  • Are you satisfied with the rewards and recognition programs in place?

10. Future expectations

  • What are your expectations for the organization in the coming year?
  • What specific improvements or changes would you like to see in the workplace?

Here are a few tips for creating a successful pulse survey:

  • Keep it anonymous to encourage honest and open feedback.
  • Use a mix of multiple-choice questions, rating scales, and open-ended questions to gather comprehensive insights.
  • Regularly analyze results to identify trends and areas for improvement.
  • Communicate the actions taken in response to the feedback to demonstrate the organization’s commitment to employee satisfaction and well-being.

Additional resources

Pulse surveys: An essential guide to real-time employee feedback

Pulse Surveys Help Center articles

And there it is! You’re on way you way to creating a well-rounded final Pulse Survey this year. 

P.S. Here’s a bonus tip: Make your Pulse Surveys fun and engaging by using visuals, like GIFs and images. This will help to increase employee participation and response rates.

Updated on November 16, 2023

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