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Here at SurveyMonkey, we’re pretty into data and the insights that can be gained by analyzing it. We see every day how much value this kind of self-awareness brings to a business or organization. It was with that in mind that we began to track the different ways people are using our surveys.

Some of these survey categories really started to stand out to us when we took a look at the numbers.  We found, for example, that over half a million Human Resources surveys have been created. How’s that for a popular survey?

So we started to ask ourselves, what kind of information can you get from using the Human Resources survey? We wanted to know, so what better way than to send out a survey? Lynn, an HR manager, explained the way she’s using surveys to improve her HR department:

“One of the most valuable things I use it for is to get feedback from all of our team’s internal stakeholders that goes into the employee’s semi-annual and annual performance evaluation twice a year.  We ask them to do a quick satisfaction survey on their encounters with our team member.  Other directors have liked our SurveyMonkey tool so much that they have asked to ‘borrow’ it and I have copied it over to their accounts.  We are very happy to have SurveyMonkey so that we can do surveys that we can set up quickly, disseminate easily via e-mail and analyze simply.  Thanks much!” -Lynn D.

We have a ton of Monkey love for Lynn and HR professionals like her who are using our tool to create better work environments for their companies. Lynn’s response shows how millions of people enjoy using SurveyMonkey for the quick and actionable feedback it allows you to collect quickly and easily.

Asking for feedback is no trivial thing. Sending out regular surveys within your company or organization can help you address concerns, boost productivity and retention, and make training sessions more effective. So try making a habit of it. Surveys are a great way to keep in touch with your fellow employees and get feedback on the changes you’ve been making from all the data you’ve collected.

employee performance templateHaving trouble getting started? Start with one of our HR survey templates and customize it with your logo and company colors.  We also offer hundreds of the most popular and SurveyMonkey certified HR related questions in Question Bank under the Human Resources category. These questions (and all the ones in our templates) were created by professional survey methodologists to make sure your questions leave you with good quality, non-biased data.

Hope this helps with all your human resource needs! And remember, the Monkeys are always here to help answer any comments or concerns.

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  • I notice that all the surveys have a 1-5 scale. What are pro/cons for more or less?

    • Bennett P

      Hi David –

      That’s a great question! We asked one of our methodology experts for an answer. Here’s what Liana had to say:

      “Research has shown that too many response options leaves survey takers feeling confused and makes their selections less meaningful. Too few response options, however, don’t give the researcher enough “variance” (different selections) to really understand what’s going on. 5 seems to be the optimal number with the following caveats: (1) populations not used to being surveyed may do better with 3 options; (2) when your scale has two “poles” (that is, it ranges from negative to positive), 7 response options may be more appropriate. Regardless, keeping the odd number is important because it allows a midpoint.”

      Hope this helps and thanks for your question.

  • Hi,
    what are pro/cons for having an even or uneven number? to avoid the midlle answer

    • Bennett P

      Henrik –

      We asked our methodology team and they said that you always want an uneven number for two reasons:
      1. There should always be a clear midpoint to your scale.
      2. The response options we suggest using have been empirically tested to make sure that the space between them is equal. By using different ones you’re taking a risk that the words you’re using are not.

      Hope this helps and thanks for your question.

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