Roll Out Survey Results with Employees
Sharing results of all stakeholder surveys with our teams and asking them for input on areas for improvement displays a commitment to informed decision making. This process also gives leaders an opportunity to remind teams of the purpose for the survey and what we are aiming to improve.
review results as a team
Most of us want leaders who:
- show appreciation for positive results
- want to be held accountable for stakeholder satisfaction
- role model collaboration to create a culture of excellence
- build relationships and guide teams to achieve defined goals
When employees perceive their leader is engaged with them in the workplace, they are more satisfied and therefore perform at higher levels. The survey results rollout meeting invites employees into the decision-making process with leaders. It gives them a chance to provide input on what the team is working to improve, which increases ownership and clarifies expectations.
The survey results rollout is a meeting that includes the collective analysis of survey data to develop specific new actions that should improve results. We recommend a common format and process for the survey results rollout meeting. The process contains these components:
- Introduce the meeting
- Present overall organization results
- Present scores for your unit
- Invite input
- Take all suggestions, by clearly listing them
- End the discussion and explain how you will create an action plan
- Ask employees to evaluate the survey rollout meeting
survey results rollout in 6 steps
Invitation to Survey Results Rollout Meeting
- Consider the type of meeting you need to schedule, including whether multiple meetings are necessary for the size of your team. Think about how you want staff to provide feedback and materials you might need. You may choose to use a flip chart to record feedback or have 3×5 cards available for those who do not want to speak out.
- Craft a message that kicks off the survey results rollout process.
- The message should communicate the why, what, and how for rolling out survey results.
- Why – state the purpose of the survey and explain the input from team members is important to create a high performing work environment where everyone has an opportunity to contribute to improvement
- What – team members are invited to a meeting to review the survey results, provide input, create solutions, and determine priority actions
- How – a scheduled meeting(s) will be held to apply an organized process for rolling out survey results and creating improvement action plans
Introduce the Meeting
- Begin the session on a positive note.
- Explain the why, what, and how for the survey results rollout meeting.
- Thank your team members for caring enough to fill out the survey, attend the meeting, and participate in the discussion.
- Be open and genuine/sincere to demonstrate your commitment to taking action based on the results of the survey
Share the organization results
- Note the overall mean.
- Note the top three items for the organization.
- Note the bottom three items for the organization.
Share the unit results
- Present the overall unit mean and how it compares to the organization mean.
- Engage your team in a conversation about the top items.
- Refer to the results of the highest ranked items.
- Show the top three items and ask your team members why they believe a particular item is scored as one of the higher items. Engage in a conversation about one item at a time.
- Taking this step helps you and your team understand what right looks like.
- Engage your team in a conversation about the bottom items.
- Refer to the results of the lowest ranked items.
- Show the bottom three items and ask your team members why they believe a particular item is scored as one of the lower items.
- Listen and take notes on chart paper (or ask someone to take notes).
- For each item, ask your team for several actions that would improve this area of focus. Specifically, ask what would be happening if the score on this item was higher.
- Spend time discussing the items but focus on actions for improvement. The team should make suggestions for actions; the leader should listen.
Identify Priority Focus for Improvement Action Plan
- Ask the group to help identify the most important actions to focus on.
- Consider giving each team member a few sticky dots and ask them to prioritize by placing the dots on the top 3 actions/areas for improvement.
- Explain that this information will be used to create an Improvement Action Plan.
Staff Evaluates Rollout Meeting
- Close the meeting by thanking your team for providing input. Ask them to evaluate the meeting. Consider using a formal survey results rollout meeting feedback form or ask team members to rate the meeting on a scale of 1 to 10 and provide any comments.
- The results rollout meeting process data can also be shared at team meetings, including modifications to future survey results rollout meetings. Sharing this information keeps the input and feedback process moving in a positive direction.