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How to Answer an Employee Opinion Survey

Many companies use employee opinion surveys to gauge worker satisfaction, assess managers’ efficacy and solicit ideas on how to improve corporate culture. Since your answers to the survey may impact company policy, take your time to answer each question thoughtfully and thoroughly. Avoid rushing through the survey or saying what you think your employer wants to hear. Whether it be positive or negative, honest, meaningful feedback will have the greatest impact on your work environment.

Think through each question. Avoid rushing through the survey. Take your time to provide thoughtful, accurate feedback.

Answer all questions on the survey. If you are not sure how to answer a question, skip it and come back to it later.

Be honest. Provide accurate, constructive feedback for each question. Since most employee opinion surveys are anonymous, you may provide specific criticisms without fearing retribution for your answers.

Provide suggestions in addition to criticisms. Think of ways that your company can improve your workplace and list these ideas in addition to your complaints and concerns.

Give specific examples. If you have concerns or wish to praise to a colleague or boss, list specific details that back up your opinion. This will give your answers more credibility.


Anna Green has been published in the "Journal of Counselor Education and Supervision" and has been featured regularly in "Counseling News and Notes," Keys Weekly newspapers, "Travel Host Magazine" and "Travel South." After earning degrees in political science and English, she attended law school, then earned her master's of science in mental health counseling. She is the founder of a nonprofit mental health group and personal coaching service.