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Improving the Employee Experience with eNPS [+template]

Discover how to calculate and benchmark your company's employee net promoter score to improve your employee strategy around engagement and retention.

Author Rachel McQuigge of WFHomie and GoCo

by Rachel McQuigge - February 20th, 2023

Employee experience matters more than ever. It is becoming increasingly more work to retain talented employees. Employees who feel supported by their company take on tasks and responsibilities that improve the business, while those who don't feel apathetic at best.

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How can we make sense of the nebulous idea of employee experience? Do you know where your employees stand? If not, calculating the Employee Net Promoter Score is a great place to start. This article will serve as a resource for HR on using eNPS (Net Promoter Score) to improve employee strategy, retention, and loyalty. Let's start with some definitions to get everyone on the same page.

Quick Definition of Employee Experience

Employee Experience captures the entirety of the relationship between employees and an organization, what people encounter and observe throughout their tenure.

Employee Engagement measures the degree to which employees invest their mental, emotional, and behavioral energies toward positive organizational outcomes.

So what exactly is the difference? Employee experience is the overarching concept of an employee's experience in a workplace, whereas employee engagement directly informs whether people are willing to invest in this experience. It answers how ready employees are to invest their time, energy, and intellect in any organization.

TL; DR Employee engagement is a part of the constellation of feelings that results from employee experience.

Why Does Employee Experience Matter?

  • Helps with recruiting, retention, and the bottom line.

  • Recruiting: resources like GlassDoor are increasingly popular, and bad reviews may scare employees away.

  • Retention: around 31% of employees have quit a job within six months of starting. A good onboarding experience is critical. Training is often resource-intensive, expensive, and time-consuming.

  • Bottom line: when organizations get employee experience right, they can achieve twice the customer satisfaction and innovation and generate 25% higher profits than those that don't

  • There is also a consistent correlation between employee experience and customer experience.

How Do Teams Measure Employee Experience?

The short answer is employee engagement surveys. However, this quickly becomes a long answer. There are many theories on which questions to ask, how many, and how often. Then there is the process of deciding what to do with the data once it's gathered. Things get muddied quickly.

Through obscurity, eNPS rises to the top. One question (or two) offers an efficient and effective measure of employee engagement.

What is Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS)?

Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) is a scoring system designed to help employers measure employee satisfaction and loyalty within their organizations.

Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) is

  • a scoring system designed to help employers measure employee satisfaction and loyalty within their organizations

  • Based on a customer loyalty score, the Net Promoter Score system from Bain & Company, Satmetrix Systems, Inc., and Fred Reichheld gauges customer loyalty.

Some hesitations around eNPS are about its simplicity and how it may need to be more accurate when used in smaller organizations. These hesitations highlight the importance of consistency in measuring and tracking comes in. Setting personal benchmarks and using them to gauge reactions to changes within your organization is critical for smaller organizations.

The strength of eNPS is in its simplicity. Often with employee satisfaction surveys, the results become cluttered with data. eNPS gives you one actionable data point. This data point makes it quick and efficient to analyze and address.

How to Measure eNPS

Ask your employees two questions. Question 1: How likely would they recommend the organization as a workplace? (0-10) Question 2: Why did they give the score they did?

the eNPS scale and an easy eNPS calculation

Promoter = Score 9-10

Promoters are highly satisfied and likely recommend your organization as a workplace.

Passive/Neutral = Score 7-8

Passives are employees who are satisfied enough to be content but may only be partially engaged.

Detractors = Score 6 or below

Detractors are unlikely to recommend their organization, which may indicate employee dissatisfaction.

(# of Promoters - # of Detractors) / # of Respondents = eNPS

An eNPS score can range from +100 (all promoters) to -100 (all detractors). An industry benchmark is that between 0 and 30 is a good eNPS. Anything above 30 is great. Anything below 0 indicates room for improvement.

An effective eNPS survey will take steps to ensure anonymity among its respondents to guarantee honest feedback. It could be more efficient to gather artificially inflated results.

If your organization finds this an effective strategy, including an optional question asking how your company could increase the score may provide insights on improving employee engagement levels. Another approach is to use eNPS in conjunction with sentiment analysis (or mood tracking). The mood analysis can provide a better understanding of how employees are feeling.

What is a Good eNPS Score?

A rule of thumb is that an eNPS score between 10 and 30 is considered good, and anything above 50 is excellent. The most important thing is to benchmark your company's eNPS against historical scores and industry averages, if available.

According to the global benchmark data of more than 150,000 organizations surveyed by SurveyMonkey, the average for NPS (not eNPS) is 32, but this also varies across industries. A report created by relationwise indicates that the Top 10 companies for eNPS ranged from first place Hubspot, with an eNPS of 92, to Intuit in tenth place, with an eNPS of 59.

How Often Do Teams Measure eNPS?

Ideally, eNPS is measured monthly. The key to this frequency is that it is rare that employees stop responding, as it is only one question (or two) once per month. Yet, it is frequent enough to capture changes and adjust as needed. How do your employees react to new HR policies, hires, or CEO announcements?

Measuring eNPS quarterly or yearly makes determining why scores increase or decrease more challenging.

However, as a company, you must self-reflect. Can you analyze and react to the data frequently enough? How likely are your recipients to respond? If there is not enough bandwidth to commit to gathering and reacting to this data monthly, a less frequent timeline may be a better fit for your organization.

What Are the Tools for Measuring eNPS?

A wealth of tools for measuring eNPS exist. If you feel crafty, a DIY version using google forms or survey monkey will work. However, it would be a labor of love. Someone in your organization must remember to send the survey, collect, and analyze the data monthly. It can be time-consuming.

GoCo can help with building employee engagement and loyalty efforts!

Feedback Timelines – With GoCo's Performance Management feature, each employee has a timeline where you can post notes, praises and improvements, employment changes, and performance documents. It's an excellent way for employees to stay connected and on top of their goals and performance. Employees and managers can take private or shared notes depending on their preferences. This is an excellent supplement to the eNPS score because it consistently tracks how your employees feel and their goals within 1:1s and meetings.

Anonymous Workflows – Another great supplement to the eNPS tracking is GoCo's new anonymous workflows feature. With this feature, employees can submit an anonymous workflow, which removes any pressure or uncertainty an employee has about submitting potentially sensitive or negative information. Employees can provide suggestions for business improvement, report sexual harassment, and more – all while remaining anonymous. This is a good way for organizations and HR to find ways to improve and continuously take feedback and build on the culture.

Are You Using eNPS to Measure Your Employee Experience?

To summarize, employee experience matters, employee engagement is an effective measure, and eNPS is a powerful tool to understand both. This blog post is just the beginning of understanding the overarching concept of the employee experience. There is much more to learn, but eNPS is a fantastic starting point that offers valuable insight into employee engagement.

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