At My View Research, we offer businesses the chance to develop through engagement with their staff via employee panels. Your team are asked a series of questions relating to the company and we collate the results into meaningful analysis and outcomes. What does an employee panel do for your business and who will benefit? Is this necessary for your company and should you be worried about the results?
Why do it
There’s what you think about the business verses what your staff think. With uncertainty over the economy, the team could be demotivated. It could be that the company needs fresh ideas to move forward. The management team may have exhausted avenues for growth and decide to turn to their people. Or it could also be that there is a new product to launch and you want to talk to your team on the best way to market it.
What kinds of questions or discussions could take place on a panel? Here are some examples and broad topics:
- Personal growth
- Relationship with colleagues
- Relationship with management
- The culture of the business
- The day to day work environment
The questions would clearly be agreed upon prior, depending on what you want to get out of the exercise, but some examples follow:
- Do you feel that you can progress and develop professionally in this business?
- How do you feel about the people you work closely with?
- What is positive about the current management and where could improvements or changes take place?
- How would you describe the culture of the business?
- How would you describe your working environment?
Some of the best questions contain a call to action so that you get the most of out the process:
- Can you think of a time when you went above and beyond in your role, please give three examples?
- How would you rate your work life balance on a scale of 1 – 10?
- Is there any training you feel would benefit you? Please name which areas and how they would develop you personally.
Clearly some questions or topics are emotive so it might be you would like the answers but will give your team the chance to respond anonymously. There is also perhaps mistrust with staff so if they fill in surveys without putting their name to it, you may receive more honest answers.
This format is beneficial in many ways especially when you want to provoke discussion rather than just answers. Clearly with current restrictions this would need to be socially distanced, or virtual, but a small group can still work. A more casual set up maybe with those posing questions sat in a circle or around a table with a balance of panel to staff could work well. Another option which might promote more open conversation is to have My View Research team members asking the questions of the staff and recording the answers for you. We know that the approach to this is dictated by the business, so we work alongside you to tailor a format that is productive.
Talk to one of our Research Consultants today to find out how we can design a bespoke Employee Feedback Panel or Employee Satisfaction Survey for your business.