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The 12 Best Employee Engagement Survey Questions...

Use these employee engagement survey questions and my 7-point employee engagement strategy to get your team moving fast and strong!

Employee engagement survey - questions for helping your team move fast and strong

I've got 'fast and strong' on my mind lately. You see, I’m a big NASCAR fan and that me on pit road of my favorite driver, Dale Jr. #88, before a recent Atlanta Motor Speedway Race. We watch the races in television every week, so is was exciting to actually be there in person!

And anytime I'm watching a NASCAR Race, I watch how well each team's pit crew and driver are working together, if they are firing on all cylinders the driver is fast and strong.  When the team's really working together, everything comes together, and it makes race day, for that Driver, look magical and puts him/her in the position to win the race.

Characteristics of High Performing Teams

When I observe high performing teams (in NASCAR or in business) I see these characteristics:

  • Fast
  • Efficient
  • Operating at full power
  • Energized
  • Eager
  • Smooth
  • Flawless
  • Focused
  • Working well together
  • Exciting
  • Have good timing

What About Your Team?

What would be the probable business outcome if your team was operating like characteristics of high performing teams? You’d have:

  • Engaged, eager employees who offer consistent high performance
  • Low turnover
  • High customer satisfaction and a growing number of loyal customers
  • Profit and expansion
  • Enjoyable work days

Create a High Performing Team With 12 Employee Engagement Survey Questions

How do you create this type of team power? How can you get your team to be 'Fast and Strong'  The Gallup Organization polled 1 million employees from a broad range of companies, industries and countries to determine what top talent employees need from their workplace.

Gallup’s survey results are revealed in the book: First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently

The 12 Best Employee Engagement Survey Questions

Through that research Gallup determined that high performance teams and the strength of the workplace can be assessed with these twelve questions:

  • 1. Do I know what is expected of me from work?
  • 2. Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right?
  • 3. At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?
  • 4. In the last seven days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?
  • 5. Does my supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about me as a person?
  • 6. Is there someone at work who encourages my development?
  • 7. At work, do my opinions seem to count?
  • 8. Does the mission/purpose of my company make me feel important?
  • 9. Are my co-workers committed to doing quality work?
  • 10. Do I have a best friend at work?
  • 11. In the last six months, has someone at work talked to me about my progress?
  • 12. This last year, have I had opportunities at work to learn and grow?

If you want a your team to move 'fast and strong' refer back to these survey questions and begin using them in your workplace immediately.

A Simple 7-Point Employee Survey 'Moving Fast and Strong' Plan

  • 1. Ask your employees to rank the 12 questions, above, 1 – 5, with 5 being Strongly Agree.
  • 2. Rank employee responses. Make the two lowest scored answers your top priorities.
  • 3. Enroll a cross-section of employees and managers to develop an action plan.
  • 4. Implement the action plan.
  • 5. Survey your employees’ responses to the twelve questions each year.
  • 6. Review the results and go back to step 2.
  • 7. Keep working until you get ‘Strongly Agree’ answers to all twelve questions.

Talented employees need great managers and leaders. Being a great manager and leader starts with asking the right questions. And then taking the results and addressing needs with a plan for action.

The Seven Point Employee Engagement Survey Plan, based on Gallup’s twelve questions, is simple and clear. It will help you create a team that moves fast and strong!

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