Timing is Everything…or is it?
Posted on November 20, 2013 by TNS Consulting Team (via Scott Spayd)
When is the right time to survey employees? Here at TNS we help our clients with their employee engagement surveys at various times throughout the year. Since we survey human beings, it’s not to wonder that at certain times throughout the year, we are prone to being happier, moodier, depressed, etc. Aside from our individual lives, and all the challenges we face daily, there are certain outside factors that I believe influence our behavior being able to handle or react to them. For instance, in the fall, I get a somewhat melancholy feeling saying good-bye to summer. In a few weeks though, the foliage is showing off spectacular arrays of color and so I then “get my orange on” and am out of my funk. Does that mood influence me in taking any kind of a survey?
At TNS we know all too well the arduous task it is for human resource directors to plan a survey. Our consultants and project directors work very closely with our clients to ensure a successful survey. (Yes, our success is your success.) However, the planning and timing to launch a survey is entirely up to Human Resources. Our HR clients, having their fingers on the pulse of their employees, must take into account various factors as to when they should survey employees. Should it be during the holiday season when people are more apt to be giving, forgiving, and just plain jolly? Should HR take a survey before or after annual reviews are scheduled? Or what about taking surveys in the summer, when employees take relaxing vacations, and come back to work with a refreshed perspective?
When do you think it’s a good time to take an Employee Engagement Survey?