My company will be initiating an employee engagement survey again soon and I'm not sure if I should answer the questions honestly or if I should "game" the system.
This will the the third survey, the first two were in 2008 and 2010. They are administered by an outside agency. As far as I know, they are confidential.
The questions change somewhat each year. but there will be questions about "My Manager" such as "My manager provides me with timely and helpful feedback"; "My manager cares about my well-being"; and "My manager is an effective listener." The multiple choices range from Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree. When my manager is under stress he becomes very angry and demeaning....he becomes a real bully. Under non-stressful times, he doesn't believe in feedback and coaching. As he says, he "manages through sarcasm. "
The problem is that when they aggregate the survey answers, my answers are included with those of my team, not as reporting to my manager. If I answer the "My Manager" questions honestly, they literally count toward my performance and not toward the performance of my manager. I don't have a large team, so my honest answers will affect my engagement performance statistics. Survey results matter in my company.
Based on Manager Tools advice, my "honest" answers would not fall into the "Strongly Disagree" range. On the other hand, if I want to "game" the system, I would answer these questions more toward the "Agree" range. I don't want to game the system, but I want my engagement performance statistics to be good....I'm certain that my team will give me good marks, but I don't want to take any chances. What am I missing????