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The Complete Employee Survey Guide: Different Types of HR Surveys

The Complete Employee Survey Guide: Different Types of HR Surveys

HR surveys provide an unbiased insight into how your employees are responding to your business. HR and employee surveys are becoming more popular among companies committed to ensuring they provide the best experience for all of their employees. In this article, we will discuss the different types of HR surveys.


Why are HR Surveys Used?


HR research is a tool used to evaluate HR practices and employee performance. Human resource surveys look at employee behavior both generally and individually (at a macro and micro level). Typically, a business will choose to use HR surveys for:


  • Allowing employees to highlight problems or issues
  • Learning about morale, loyalty, and productivity
  • To improve the recruitment process
  • Find out more during an exit interview


Successful businesses find that these surveys allow them to improve nearly every part of the human resource process and provide a way to hire, motivate, and retain employees that few companies can do without them.


3 Different Types Of Surveys


There are three main types of surveys used in HR research. Which one you use is dependent on what responses you want to gain.

• Polls

The most defining feature is that a poll allows one multiple choice question. Participants will choose from a selection of predefined answers. As with all multiple-choice questionnaires, polls will enable you to restrict voters to select just one answer to your question or allow them to choose multiple answers.

• Surveys

A survey also uses multiple-choice questions across a broader range of topics. Within these questions, you can ask for a comment, email address, a name, address, etc., as well as multiple-choice questions.

• Pulse

A pulse survey is fully customizable, so you can build any study that you like, because these surveys take less time, they can be used more frequently - as part of a HR team's ongoing strategy. Set up a pulse survey with our EnpS, engagement rating, and your research will be smooth and straightforward. 


One of Heartpace's defining qualities is combining the above approaches to different surveys and choosing the most relevant for you regarding time and your organization. Heartpace develops a specific survey to suit your needs and works with you once the results have been collected to create an actionable response after which can be done with our objective oriented talks module. For more information on Heartpace's pulse surveys, click here.


5 Different Types Of HR Surveys


• Engagement Survey

The first type is an employee engagement survey. This represents how enthusiastic and connected employees are within their organization. Engagement surveys measure how motivated people are in their roles and how they are responding to their leaders. The best employee engagement surveys take you seamlessly from gathering feedback and sharing it with your team to taking action on results. Understanding what factors drive employee engagement allows you to take action on specific areas and create a better company culture.


• Compensation and Benefits Surveys

Understanding how your employees feel about their compensation and benefits is critical, as those are often two of the biggest drivers that either retain or drain your employee base. These surveys will help you get to the bottom of what employees want and what could make them work harder in the future.


• Experience Surveys

There are a few ways to collect data on employee experiences. These types of surveys are essential to find out more about peoples' experiences at your company. 


• Candidate Feedback Survey

During the recruitment process is a potential employee's first interaction with the business. The experience a candidate has with your company during the interview process is essential. This feedback can tell you how most candidates find out about your job openings, what they were most attracted to in the position, and how they felt about your recruitment process.


• Onboarding Survey

Good first impressions are essential, and your employees' onboarding experience is no different. These surveys are generally not anonymous, as the employee-specific results can lead to in-depth conversation and action planning.


• Exit Survey

Exit surveys help you understand how people who leave your company perceive it as an employee in transition. The ability to customize questions or code for regrettable/non-regrettable exits can make your data more useful.


• Effectiveness Surveys

Manager and Employee feedback surveys are intended to help individuals gain insights through honest feedback to help them set future development goals.


• Manager Feedback Survey

In a manager effectiveness survey, employees will be questioned on how they perceive their management. This feedback can provide action planning for each manager (for example, training or mentoring) and provide insight into manager effectiveness overall.


• Employee Development Survey

Employee effectiveness surveys allow individuals to receive personal and honest feedback from their peers. Rather than being used for performance evaluation, this information empowers the individual employee to see where they excel and identify emotional learning and development areas.


• 360 Review Surveys

Collecting 360 feedback incorporates opinions from a full-circle perspective: coworkers, managers, the actual employee, and any other voices contributing to the conversation. Collecting feedback from all parties involved provides for a better-detailed analysis.



Overall, human resource surveys are a great way to get candidate feedback from your employees that'll help you create a healthier, happier, and productive workplace. Heartpace HR surveys will allow you to gain meaningful data through Pulse surveys. These surveys will save hours of your manager's and employees valuable time and streamline your employee data collection. Build employee morale with good communication and reach your business milestones today.


Heartpace will build a unique survey for your business, which will define objectives and measure your progress by KPIs. Develop strategic alignment through surveys and gain valuable insights about your organization, focusing on actionable items.

Henrik Dannert


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