Social Environment Questions on your Employee Satisfaction Survey

There’s a lot to be said for working independently. Many employers cherish employees who can complete their tasks with minimal management interaction or guidance, and can be innovative without having their hands held. However, that doesn’t mean that a social environment isn’t just as important. An employee satisfaction survey replete with social environment questions can reveal a lot about the attitude in the office concerning the existing social environment.

To see an example of what one of Flex Surveys detailed employee satisfaction survey templates looks like, click here. You will see right away that these comprehensive surveys cover a multitude of concepts, including social environment questions that retrieve valuable data from the employees.

Social environment questions can be geared toward understanding how employees act and react to one another. Are your employees working well within their assigned groups and departments? Are they experiencing discipline problems? Social environment questions that are centralized around certain interactions can bring problems to the surface by having the right questions included in an employee satisfaction survey.

For example, imagine that your company hosts an annual holiday party. Typically held at the end of the year, perhaps in December, the social environment can shift dramatically during this event. Employees are invited to participate in a social environment, which means that their interactions (which have been professional in nature up to this point) are going to change.

From an attitude standpoint, this kind of employee satisfaction survey can inform management, or any other decision-maker for the company, about what kinds of social engagement the employees wish to participate in. Perhaps they collectively want to avoid a Christmas party, but would like to acknowledge the holidays in general in a social environment. Would a holiday party be welcomed, and what kind of atmosphere would be the most engaging? Social environment questions can reveal these answers.

Social environment questions aren’t just limited to parties, of course. Daily interactions are taken into account as well, which means that an employee satisfaction survey can also show how departments are mingling and if there are any problem spots. Perhaps the purchasing department is having communication issues with the accounts payable department which is causing operational or logistical problems.

The employee satisfaction survey may ask something along the lines of, “The communication level between these departments is very high” and would ask employees to rate their responses on a scale of agreement. If the collective answer from employees in both departments is low, management will now know there is a need  to adjust the way these departments interact.

It is these kinds of social environment questions that prove how valuable an employee satisfaction survey can become. Now you aren’t just evaluating the social environment, but, moreover, the actual operations impact that social interaction can have.

Whether you are looking deeper into the evaluation of social interaction, or just trying to come up with fun ways to celebrate an event collectively, social environment questions in an employee satisfaction survey are fundamental to the success of your goals.

To learn more how Flex Surveys can help your organization customize social environment questions for your employee attitude survey questionnaire, please visit our website at Employee Attitude Surveys.

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