Here’s a sample timeline for an online survey deployed in a single language:
Weeks 1 & 2 – Survey Development and Design
You should plan to devote at least a couple of weeks to developing an effective survey. Goals must be established and agreed upon, the questions must be finalized, and then the survey must be designed with your logo, an opening paragraph, instructions, etc.
Weeks 3 & 4 – Survey Deployment
The mechanics of deploying the survey to gather employee survey responses can be complicated, especially if you have multiple deployment methods and multiple languages. You’ll want to leave your online survey in deployment for at least a couple of weeks to give time to send announcement emails, invitation emails, reminder emails, and finally, thank you emails.
Weeks 5 & 6 – Reporting & Analysis
Generating descriptive data and comment reports and then analyzing and interpreting the data will require a couple of weeks. Deep analytics conducted by statisticians and researchers with Ph.D.’s takes time.
Week 7 – Presentation of Results & Action Planning Kickoff
Finally, time must be allocated to presenting the results to management and kicking off action plans to improve performance.
The next step is conducting the survey again on a regular basis to determine the effectiveness of your action planning and developing new action plans for further improvement. It’s a continuous process that pays huge dividends in productivity and bottom line profits.