Unfortunately, you simply can’t ask each employee whether they’re engaged during your routine 1:1 meetings. You have to assume at least some members of your team are shier and more introverted — which means they’re less likely to be brutally honest if for no other reason than they want to avoid an awkward social situation.
Pulse surveys are a great way to overcome this obstacle. Not only do they enable your employees to share their thoughts anonymously, but pulse surveys are also designed to provide instant feedback to drive real-time changes. Because pulse surveys are administered electronically, managers won’t have to worry about handing out surveys, collecting them, and then analyzing them. Instead, they are able to quickly determine what the data is saying and act on it accordingly.
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To this end, in order to increase engagement and get better results from your pulse surveys, you may want to consider adding some fun and frivolous questions into the mix. Not only can lightening things up improve employee happiness, the answers to these quirky questions can be great for team-building purposes.
Our previous research found that peers are the number one driver of workplace satisfaction. By asking employees lighthearted ice-breaker questions, you give them a chance to share some details from their private lives while getting to know their colleagues a little bit better.
This is important because employees might spend more time with each other than with their families. So it pays off to get to know one another — especially considering the fact that only 24% of workers feel connected to their peers, a stat we uncovered in our 2017 Employee Engagement Report.
Of course, you might not want to ask funny and unrelated questions in every engagement survey you send out. But if you ask the right questions at the right time, most employees will be happy to share.
With that in mind, here are some of our ideas on how to get the ball rolling.
01. Who was your childhood crush?
02. What’s your favorite happy hour drink?
03. What’s the one TV show you never miss?
04. What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
05. Who is your favorite cartoon character?
06. What are your biggest pet peeves?
07. What job did you have in high school?
08. What’s your go-to midnight snack?
09. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
10. What book are you reading?
11. What do you want written on your tombstone?
12. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
13. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
14. What’s your go-to karaoke song?
15. Who is the coolest celebrity you’ve ever met?
16. What’s your pet peeve that no one knows about ?
17. If not working here, where/who would you be?
18. Where’s your favorite vacation spot?
19. What’s on the top of your bucket list?
20. What’s the one word to describe you?
Whatever questions you end up choosing, keep them light and be sure to share the results with your team. At the very least, you should get some good conversation and some laughs while building at least a little bit more camaraderie.
Keep this up for a while, and over the long term, employees will discover more and more about each other — creating those unbreakable bonds that make work fun.