Completing an Employer Evaluation
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Companies that want their employees' honest opinions about the workplace administer employee opinion surveys, exit interviews or conduct focus groups that facilitate discussions about what the company is doing right and areas where it can improve. All of these are opportunities for you to complete an employer evaluation -- to give feedback about your working relationship and whether you're happy with your job and proud to be part of the organization. Use a well-rounded and objective approach to completing one so your employer can use it to strengthen the employer-employee relationship.
Your supervisor-employee relationship should be the cornerstone of your employer evaluation because you probably have more direct contact with your immediate supervisor than with top management. Focus this portion of your evaluation on whether your supervisor provides you with the tools you need to be successful, from day-to-day guidance on work assignments to helpful performance appraisals that identify strengths, weaknesses and performance goals. Also, discuss whether you believe your supervisor embodies the traits of an effective leader and whether she embraces the organization's mission and business principles.
Recognition and Rewards
Some of the best-known employers and the ones that have lower turnover are companies that recognize the skills and contributions of their employees. Employee recognition isn't the same as employee rewards, which generally are monetary systems of saying "thank you" to employees. Your evaluation should touch on whether you believe like the company appreciates your work. Does your supervisor or someone from the company's management give you a pat on the back when you do good work? And does your supervisor congratulate you and your team for effective collaboration on projects?
Compensation and Benefits
What you're paid and whether you have a great health insurance plan may not be the most important aspects of your job. But competitive salaries and wages and a comprehensive benefits package usually are signs of a robust company that realizes the value of structurally sound compensation practices. Compare your employer's compensation and benefits to others places you've worked. Your employer evaluation should include whether you're satisfied overall with the company's pay and benefits.
Some workers are in it just for the money. But other employees who are interested in long-term career goals rate their employers high if they have access to professional development. If this is important to you, write an employer evaluation that includes whether you value employee development tools, such as tuition assistance benefits, leadership training or promotional opportunities. Even if you're not interested in pursuing your long-term goals with the company, evaluate whether you believe the company provides the type of basic training you need to perform your job duties successfully.
Being devoted to your job is one thing, but feeling like you must be accessible 24/7 is another because it can affect your work-life balance and, ultimately, your job satisfaction. Evaluate your employer based on whether you feel the workplace is ultra-competitive, which often creates employee stress through direct or indirect suggestions that employees should make work their No. 1 priority. Assess your company's expectations of you. Do you have adequate balance between your career and your personal life or do you believe the company expects too much from you?
Ruth Mayhew has been writing since the mid-1980s, and she has been an HR subject matter expert since 1995. Her work appears in "The Multi-Generational Workforce in the Health Care Industry," and she has been cited in numerous publications, including journals and textbooks that focus on human resources management practices. She holds a Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ruth resides in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.