As you consider the employee survey portion of your participation in the program, you’ll have a number of choices to make. Whether its online versus paper administration, how many and which employees you’ll survey, or whether to customize your employee survey to get the most out of the process, we’re here to help. Please consider some of your options below, before you proceed to employee survey set up. To learn more, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Survey administration: Paper or online

The employee survey is available for online or paper administration. We typically recommend online administration, but you’ll need to meet the minimum email requirements to be eligible. Read about these options below, to determine which will work best for your organization.

ONLINE SURVEYS  |  To be eligible to use our online survey option, at least 70% of your full- and part-time employees must have employer-domain email addresses. Companies will be asked to upload a list of all eligible employee email addresses to the email portal. Each employee will receive a unique survey link in their email invitation. If some employees (up to 30%) do not have company email addresses, Best Companies Group will generate access codes so that each of those employees may take the survey online.

Sample: Online Employee Engagement & Satisfaction Survey

PAPER SURVEYS  |  If at least 70% of your employee population doesn’t have an email address, we also offer a traditional paper survey option. If you select this option, a package of survey materials will be mailed to you according to the program timeline. The package will include a letter from Best Companies Group, employee surveys, and postage-paid return envelopes. The survey coordinator at your organization will be responsible for administering the employee survey to eligible employees. Employees will need to return their completed surveys via U.S. Postal Service in the provided, postage-paid envelopes. Organizations selecting the paper option will be asked to complete an employee eligibility checklist.

Sample: Paper Employee Engagement & Satisfaction Survey


Number of employees surveyed

Whether you’re choosing paper or online survey administration, if you have fewer than 250 employees the survey will go out to everyone on staff. If, however, you have 250+ employees, a random sample will be selected to be surveyed for the program. If this is the case for your organization, please use the chart below to determine how many employees from your workforce will be randomly selected to participate.

How Many Employees will Take the Survey?

Number of Employees in MD Number of Employees Surveyed
25 – 99 All
100 – 199 All
200 – 499 Up to 250(1)
500 – 2499 350(1)
2500+ 400(1)
(1) Employees must be randomly selected. Best Companies Group offers the option to survey more employees than the random sample calculated in the above chart, and/or include additional employees in the survey process who work in locations outside of the program area. Please contact Best Companies Group for details and pricing.


(2) For your organization’s data to be considered credible, and your organization remain eligible for the list, an employer questionnaire must be completed with a minimum response rate of 40% at the end of the employee survey process.


Set Up Your Employee Survey

Survey setup deadline: 06/21/2017

Your employee survey accounts for 75% of your overall score. Because it’s such an important part of participation in the program, and offers the benefit of providing you with valuable employee feedback reports, it’s important to set up your survey with your organization’s unique needs in mind. Whether you have multiple locations, a multi-lingual staff, or want to add custom questions to the survey, this step will enable you to get the most out of your employee survey.

Proceed to survey set up »



  • Set up your employee survey.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about which employee survey options are right for your organization.
  • See program pricing.

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