Employee wellbeing snapshot survey

About Employee wellbeing snapshot survey

What gets measured, gets managed.

So that you can support your workforce in the ways that are the most useful to them at this time, we recommend that you regularly ask your employees how they are doing. 

We have developed this suggested set of questions in collaboration with The Department for Work and Pensions, to give a quick snapshot of how people are doing with respect to different aspects of wellbeing. 

Collecting this data at regular intervals will help you to identify individuals and groups who are at risk of low wellbeing, as well as specific aspects of work (physical hazards) or aspects of wellbeing (mental health) which could be improved with well-designed interventions.

Find out how your survey results compare to these benchmarks.

The recommended questions and scales

Download the survey as a Word document.

For each of these questions I’d like you to give an answer on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is “not at all” and 10 is “completely”…

  • Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?
  • Overall, to what extent do you feel that the things you do in your life are worthwhile?
  • Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?
  • Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?

Recommended response scale
0 (Not at all) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (completely)


On a scale of 1 to 7 where 1 means ‘Completely dissatisfied’ and 7 means ‘Completely satisfied’, how dissatisfied or satisfied are you with your present job overall?

Recommended response scale

1 – Completely dissatisfied
2 – Mostly dissatisfied
3 – Somewhat dissatisfied
4 – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
5 – Somewhat satisfied
6 – Mostly satisfied
7 – Completely satisfied


I would recommend my organisation as a great place to work

1 – Strongly disagree
2 – Disagree
3 – Neither agree nor disagree
4 – Agree
5 – Strongly agree


How would you rate your overall physical health now?

1 – Very good

2 – Good

3 – Fair

4 – Bad

5 – Very bad


How would you rate your overall mental health now?

1 – Very good

2 – Good

3 – Fair

4 – Bad

5 – Very bad


I feel safe from threats and physical hazards in my work environment

1 – Strongly disagree
2 – Disagree
3 – Neither agree nor disagree
4 – Agree
5 – Strongly agree


I am satisfied with my physical working environment

1 – Strongly disagree
2 – Disagree
3 – Neither agree nor disagree
4 – Agree
5 – Strongly agree


For each of the following statements, please select the response which best describes your work situation…

  • ‘Your manager helps and supports you’
  • ‘Your colleagues help and support you’
  • ‘Your job gives you the feeling of work well done’

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External resource

  • International Labour Organization
  • OECD employment data
  • RSE – Future Work Centre
  • CIPD Knowledge Hub
  • ONS employment data
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