Pulse surveys are short, simple questionnaires that provide a regular check-in point for employee engagement, wellbeing and satisfaction rates across the business.

They’re a great way to improve communication between colleagues, HR and leadership teams while providing an avenue for employees to give direct feedback on their experiences. This type of survey is also ideal for tracking trends and changes in employee sentiment.

When designing your pulse survey, remember to:

Build your questions around your objectives

Each question should serve a purpose and track progress towards a specific goal. Use clear, concise wording to help tie your wellbeing activity back to your business objectives during the evaluation process.

Keep it lean

Short, simple surveys will receive more responses and more accurately represent your workforce. Keep it to 5–10 questions per survey and let people know how long it’ll take to complete.

Repeat questions to track changes

Include the same questions over a number of weeks or months to spot trends and make clear links between employee feedback and specific wellbeing activities. This will also help you react more quickly to changes in employee engagement and morale.

Demonstrate transparency

Sharing the results of your surveys will help build trust and awareness among colleagues and increase visibility of the data behind your decisions.

Pulse survey sample questions

This template includes example questions from different business areas to help you get started.

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