Employee Motivation Surveys
Enabling you to get the best out of your employees and achieve greater success
Motivated employees are one of the biggest assets a business can have. Not only are they personally more productive, creative and willing to take on responsibilities, their positive influence can have a beneficial impact on many other areas of an organisation.
From helping to nurture an improved team spirit and office atmosphere, to fostering a more positive view and commitment towards their employer’s goals, motivated employees help to propel a business forward by positively influencing the work climate, attitudes, customer orientation and, ultimately organisational performance.
Therefore, the ability to identify which factors are having the greatest impact on staff motivation, so you’re able to amplify or correct those that have the biggest effect, will be hugely beneficial to your organisation. And the best way to capture these insights is through running employee surveys.
How employee motivation impacts the employment lifecyle
From initial attraction, recruitment and onboarding, to ongoing development, retention and company exit, there are a lot of stages involved in the employee lifecycle. Each can take up a considerable amount of time, resources and costs on the part of an organisation, or its HR teams.
Subsequently, the higher the number of motivated and engaged employees you have the greater the beneficial impact will be across the employee lifecycle. With highly motivated employees less likely to leave, your recruitment, onboarding and training costs are likely to be much lower. And given that news of a contented, engaged and motivated workforce is much more likely to travel far and wide, it should be easier and less costly for you to attract new talent when it’s needed too.
In fact, your most highly motivated employees will help you with this too, as it’s commonly known that they will be far more likely than other staff to recommend your organisation as a great place to work. To find out more about this and how to measure it, see the employee Net Promoter Score survey.
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Benefits of measuring employee motivation
Besides the positive impact measuring motivation can have upon the key stages of the employee lifecycle, there are many wider business benefits and improvements from running employee motivation surveys too. Some key business benefits include:
Employee motivation survey questions
From extrinsic factors such as work conditions, relationships (with peers, management and your leadership), pay, benefits and other incentives, to more intrinsic factors such as satisfaction with the role and responsibilities, recognition and feeling appreciated. There can be many factors that influence staff motivation, which you need to consider when you’re structuring your survey and considering what questions you want to ask.
So, to help you we’ve outlined some motivation questions for you to consider below.
At the beginning of your survey you may want to focus in on an employee’s role, to get a better feel for how motivated they are with their job, its responsibilities and the wider impact within the organisation. Suitable questions could include:
How motivated are you about your role?
How focused are you on your job duties when you’re at work?
My job is challenging and exciting.
I feel that my work is viewed and appreciated within my organisation and contributing to its overall goals.
You may then move onto analysing your employees’ relationship and views about your managers and the wider business and how this might impact their motivation levels. Suitable questions could include:
The recognition I receive from my direct line manager motivates me to do my best.
I am motivated by my organisation’s vision.
You might decide to close your survey with a few open-ended questions, just so you can get a more detailed insight into what motivates your employees the most and anything else you could do as an employer to help this process. Some questions you might like to consider include:
What is your number one motivator at work?
What could we as an organisation do to increase your job motivation?
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Motivation survey best practices
Having taken the decision to develop and run motivation surveys, you’ll want to ensure you have done everything you can to maximise success and the value you’re able to obtain from them. Here’s four best practices you need to consider:
HR survey templates
By giving you a heads up on the structure and types of questions you should be asking, templates can help save you a lot of time and effort, particularly if this is your first employee motivation survey. Why not explore our great selection of employee survey templates.
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