What Is an Employee Pulse Survey?
Employee pulse surveys are typically an abridged version of a more comprehensive annual employee engagement survey. They are shorter questionnaires focused on areas that are considered the most important or that need the most attention. Pulse surveys are also commonly known as "employee pulse checks" or "pulse check surveys".
Why Use Pulse Surveys?
As global competition intensifies and technological change accelerates, "pulse surveys" are becoming more popular for monitoring employee engagement and achieving continuous improvement.
When done the right way, engagement pulse surveys can have many benefits. During the time between full engagement surveys, pulse surveys are a way to make sure improvements are on track. They also provide a way to check engagement levels and team progress more frequently.
When to Use Pulse Surveys
Conducting pulse surveys exclusively, without conducting a more comprehensive employee engagement survey periodically, can generate more questions than answers. We recommend conducting a full employee engagement survey annually, and focused pulse surveys in between. The exact frequency for pulse surveys depends on the responsiveness of the organization, but we generally suggest doing them every 3-6 months. Below is a summary of the typical process and timing.
Annual Survey Best Practices
Conduct The Full Employee Survey
Diagnose the health of the whole organization with a comprehensive org survey.
Analyze Results & Set Goals
Identify areas that need attention. Establish goals with tasks and due dates. Implement your plan.
Launch pulse surveys in focused areas to determine if efforts are on track.
Why Organizations Prefer Our Pulse Surveys
Our pulse survey is available at no extra charge and fully integrated into our platform for maximum efficiency. One key benefit is that the engagement pulse survey provides extreme flexibility to cater to each organization's specific needs, enabling you to solicit follow-up feedback or check the status on any survey items from employees at any time.
When using our interactive dashboard, you can easily flag survey items that need attention by clicking next to them. The flagged items are then listed in the Action Plan, where you can add tasks and due dates. There, you can also initiate pulse surveys, to check progress, as shown in this .
You can also launch pulse surveys (at no extra charge) in our 360-feedback platform, to make sure raters are noticing improvements from individual feedback recipients (e.g., managers/leaders) throughout the year.