Universal Priorities are values that promote an engaged workforce. In an ideal world, these values would not be differentiators. But organizations do not uniformly live these values; therefore, the presence of these values enhances the competitiveness of the organization and the absence of these values deters an organization from achieving its potential.

Below are sample employee engagement survey questions. These questions are closed-ended. The employee engagement survey questions link to the level of engagement and the six drivers of employee engagement: fit, trust, caring, communication, achievement, and autonomy. Participants rate to what extent they agree or disagree with each of these statements.

Sample Employee Engagement Survey Questions

Fit

1. The Purpose of this organization is meaningful to me.

2. The values of this organization are consistent with my values.

3. I understand how my work contributes to the organization’s performance.

4. I am doing the right work for me.

Trust

5. I trust senior leaders.

6. I trust my immediate supervisor/manager.

7. Senior leaders are fair. OR I am treated with fairness in this organization.

8. My immediate supervisor/manager is fair.

9. Senior leaders are honest.

10. My immediate supervisor/manager is honest.

11. We have competent senior leaders.

Caring

12. Senior leaders care about employees

13. This organization feels like family.

14. My immediate supervisor/manager cares about me as a person.

15. I have friends at work.

16. There is good cooperation among my co-workers.

17. I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right.

Communication

18. I know what is expected of me at work.

19. I get the information I need to do my job well.

20. At work, my opinions seem to count.

21. Information is freely shared.

22. My immediate supervisor/manager takes the time to listen to me and my concerns.

Achievement

23. Someone at work encourages my development.

24. My immediate supervisor/manager talks to me about my progress.

25. I get enough feedback on my performance.

26. I have the opportunity at work to learn and grow.

27. I receive recognition, praise or appreciation for doing good work.

28. I have challenging work.

29. My work gives me a feeling of personal accomplishment.

Ownership

30. I am given enough responsibility to perform my job.

31. I have enough freedom in my job.

32. I am included in decision-making that impacts me.

33. I feel like an owner.

Responses to the Universal Priorities questions reveal opportunities to improve employee engagement. Those areas to focus on should be included in the Priorities of the organization’s Core Culture.