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Everything You Need To Know About Employee Pulse Surveys

Employee Pulse Surveys are becoming with more organizations adopting them to gauge the mood of their workforce more effectively. These surveys are helping them to track employee engagement levels effectively through timely and relevant feedback.

What are Employee Pulse Surveys?

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A pulse survey is a type of survey that gauge employee mood, sentiment, and satisfaction level and enables faster and better responses through a set of short and simple questions.

Regular engagement surveys often take too long to fill out and provide minimal actionable results in the short term.

Pulse surveys offer a quick insight into the health of the organization and enable the creation of the best short-term action plans for improving the same.

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These surveys are typically designed to track the reaction or feedback of employees toward an issue or a topic.

In most cases, these surveys are conducted online, which helps in maximizing employee participation and ensuring more reliable results.

It also helps in making data collation and analysis more streamlined. Hence, the results are to be published and acted upon quickly.

What is the Importance of Pulse Surveys?

Most organizations have come to recognize employee pulse surveys as an essential supplement to their annual engagement surveys.

The annual engagement surveys help organizations assess multiple aspects of the workplace and identify the underlying issues.

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However, such information is provided only once a year, given the time and effort to collect and analyze the data.

Pulse surveys overcome this challenge by making it easier for employees to provide feedback regularly.

Hence they can prove effective in helping organizations to track the trends in the behaviour and perceptions of the workforce.

As well as overall employee engagement, and experience and raise a red flag quickly if something is amiss.

What are the Key Benefits of Employee Pulse Surveys?

Adopting a pulse survey system can prove greatly beneficial for organizations in several ways.

The most important of these benefits are as follows:

1. Offers near real-time measurement of workforce satisfaction

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Given that pulse surveys can be conducted frequently, they can provide almost real-time assessment of employee satisfaction levels.

These surveys enable organizations to collect vital data related to the different aspects of employee satisfaction at regular intervals.

They help organizations understand the progress of various HR initiatives, identify issues quickly, and fix them without delay.  

2. Enhances overall employee engagement

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Pulse surveys have proven to be effective in improving employee engagement levels.

Since these surveys are conducted regularly, this assures them that the organization values their views and opinions.

Hence, they might show a greater willingness to actively participate in various organizational activities. It can even improve their contribution to business growth and profitability.

The engagement levels further improve as the organization takes the necessary actions based on the information obtained from the surveys.

3. Helps build a positive organizational culture


By seeking frequent feedback from employees through pulse surveys, organizations can work towards creating an open and positive organizational culture.

The surveys help them gain insights into the various issues that might be impeding the development of such a culture.

These might include the lack of effective communication, a low level of trust between coworkers, and even the absence of collaboration between teams.

Organizations can take the necessary corrective measures and track the impact of such measures through regular pulse surveys.

4. Improves trust levels within the organization

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One significant benefit of using pulse surveys is that they enhance the trust levels within the organization significantly.

These surveys provide the employees with a window of opportunity to express their ideas and opinions without any fear.

Moreover, timely actions based on feedback assure employees that their views are valued enough to initiate action.

The management is also assured that the information collected is genuine and needs to be acted upon. This improves the trust levels within the organization.


Employee Pulse Surveys are increasingly becoming vital tools for organizations looking to stay updated on what their employees are feeling.

Employee Pulse Surveys can help organizations get a quick check on potential issues that might impact employee engagement negatively.

So, they fix them before they impact productivity and business growth.

Sagar Chaudhuri

Lead author: Sagar Chaudhuri, the Co-Founder and CEO of HiFives. He is an HR Tech Evangelist with over 25 years of experience in the corporate world and entrepreneurship. In the past, Sagar has worked with companies such as Genpact, Infosys, and ICICI Bank, in leadership roles. He has an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and an MBA from IIM Lucknow. Connect on LinkedIn

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