Employee Surveys That Work

Poorly-designed employee surveys frustrate participants, analysts, and executives and can end up doing more harm than good. 

Employee Surveys That Work offers sensible, practical ways to make them more accurate, effective and actionable.

Presenting new insights on the challenges and benefits of employee surveys, Alec Levenson counters a number of unhelpful but common practices. He provides specific advice for ensuring that the purpose and desired outcomes of surveys are clear, the questions are designed to provide the most relevant and accurate data, and the reporting and results are actionable.

He also looks at a wealth of specific issues, such as the best benchmarking practices, the benefits of multivariate modeling for analyzing results, linking survey data with performance data, how best to measure employee engagement, using survey data to drive change, the pros and cons of respondent anonymity, and much more.

You can purchase Employee Surveys that Work at Amazon.

Everyone is doing employee surveys, but how does employee engagement relate to the goals of the organization?

Alec Levenson talks about surveys and survey fatigue.


Employee Surveys that Work should be required reading for any practitioner who is responsible for ensuring their business gets a good return on their survey investment. In his book, Levenson expertly cuts through the marketplace chatter on engagement surveys, sweeping aside the hype (chapter 2 alone is worth the price of admission!) and providing practical, actionable guidance on how to design, administer, interpret and act on results from organizational surveys. Before you sign your next survey contract with a consulting firm, you have to read this book.

– Tim Hickey, Director HR Strategy and Organization Effectiveness, Exelon

An ongoing and deep understanding of your workforce is indispensable to successful talent management strategies. Alec Levenson cuts through survey hype with practical insights and advice for making the most from employee surveys and managing rather than simply measuring employee engagement.

– Per Scott, Vice President Human Resources, Royal Bank of Canada

At a time when employee surveys tantalize the HR leader with improving engagement, Dr. Levenson convincingly reminds us of the axiom – correlation does not imply causation. A must read for those looking for actionable insight, not simply lots of data.

– Dianne Reece, Region Mgr. Organizational Development & Training, FMC Technologies

Before your organization embarks on another employee survey, read Dr. Levenson’s book.  Your results will be more accurate and actionable.

– Kara Schillaci, Director, Organizational Management & Development, PepsiCo

From survey design to actionable analysis, Employee Surveys That Work is exactly the resource I would recommend to anyone launching an employee measurement strategy. Alec Levenson’s book can help whether you’re just getting started, taking your surveys to the next level, or looking to extract more value from your data analysis.

– Caroline Leach, Vice President, Communications, DIRECTV

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