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Engaging the Workplace: Using Surveys to Spark Change by Sarah R. Johnson

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ENGAGEMENT INTHE WORKPLACE

Organizational surveys have always been about something. Whether it was job satisfaction, morale, or commitment, surveys have always had a focal purpose and metric. This focus area is the survey’s reason for being, why it was being done in the first place.

Organizations have been using surveys as early as the 1940s; they became increasingly more common in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, achieving commonplace status in the 1980s and beyond. Today, the majority of organizations conduct some sort of employee survey. A recent study found that 76 percent of Fortune 500 companies survey their employees annually, and 61 percent of midsized companies conduct an employee survey at least once per year (Masztal et al. 2015).

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