But none of those are more dreaded by employees than the infamous end-of-year survey. End-of-year surveys are typically comprehensive company performance reviews that ask employees to rate their managers, bosses, co-workers, personal satisfaction, company policies, goals, company culture, and even the little things like bathroom and office cleanliness.
They are fairly long and for most employees considered a big waste of time because, “who in their right mind would listen to an underling like me?” Right?
Actually, wrong! This is where we have to stop you. Sure, these surveys might seem like some ploy by HR, but the reality of the matter is that end-of-year surveys can actually be hugely impactful.
Why should you take these reviews seriously? Have a look below:
This is your opportunity to speak up. Your company might pride itself on being open to critique and your managers probably even encourage you to be as vocal as you want, but rarely do you ever get as good an opportunity to be transparent and honest as you do in your review.
When your manger hands you (or sends you a link to) their end-of-year survey, they are practically begging you to be honest with them. It’s important to give open and honest feedback. Take advantage of this opportunity and say what you need to say. At many organizations, this is often the most professional opportunity you have to give feedback and have it listened to.
There’s safety in numbers. Another reason why surveys are great is because everyone else is doing them too. If you and your co-workers have similar feelings on a company policy, it’s more likely that your opinions will be taken seriously. Once again, now is the time to take advantage of the company survey!
Surveys are (usually) anonymous. On top of all that, surveys are typically anonymous, so you should have little fear of backlash or retribution. The anonymity of surveys are put in place as a safeguard to help you speak out without getting into any unnecessary trouble, which is why it is often better to speak your mind through the survey than to do so publicly. That doesn’t mean you should trash talk other employees, but surveys are at least an open opportunity to be more honest than you usually are about issues you may have with your career.
What do you think? How many of you take advantage of end-of-year surveys? Have they made a difference in your career? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!