33 ESAT Questions to Ask Now That Everyone’s Working from Home

We want our people to feel happy, right? It’s never too early to ask relevant questions, get the ball rolling, and making a better future.

You’ve probably heard of customer satisfaction surveys (CSAT). They measure how satisfied with your product and services your customers are and give you a barometer of where you need to improve. Well, we’d like to introduce you to employee satisfaction surveys (ESAT). Unlike employee net promoter score, ESAT helps you measure the satisfaction of your employees, rather than how likely they are to recommend working for your company.

With so many changes happening with the way that companies are required to work, it’s the perfect time to survey your employees and ask what you’re doing well and where you could be better. Remember: we are all in this together. Approaching things humanly, admitting where you are wrong, and trying to fix things before they escalate is the best way to move forward in our new world.

Here are some groupings of the best types of questions and examples that you can use to start understanding how your employees are feeling right now.


  • The company is effectively managed and well-run, even with everyone working remotely.
  • The company is open and honest in communications with its employees.
  • The company has responded effectively to changes in our business environment and ecosystem.
  • I have a good understanding of changes to company policies and procedures that impact how I work.
  • Our company is effectively organized and structured, given the changes to how we work.
  • I receive clear and regular feedback on how well I do my work, even while not in the office.
  • I understand the results I am expected to deliver and how they may have changed during the pandemic.


Beyond that, body language and other forms of non-verbal communication aren’t always conveyed well across text messages and emails. While a well-versed remote employee may be equipped with strategies to work around this, people who are suddenly thrust into working remotely don’t always know the best ways to adjust.

Here are some questions to help you gauge how working remotely has impacted the collaboration and communication of your team, and what things you might need to adjust to make things better.

  • We rarely waste time on unnecessary or poorly designed processes and procedures.
  • The work is well-organized in my team.
  • My team receives high-quality support from the parts of the company we depend on.
  • There is good communication between departments in the company.
  • Knowledge and resources are efficiently shared across the company, and we’ve made changes to adjust to working remotely.
  • There are no significant barriers at work to doing my job well.
  • I enjoy working on my team.


In terms of their impact on ESAT, 72% of people selected in a survey by Zoro said having more work benefits would increase their job satisfaction. These questions help to gauge how your employees are feeling about the benefits that you are currently offering, and if there are any levers that you as a company can pull to boost satisfaction.

  • The company provides its employees with adequate benefits.
  • We have adjusted benefits to address the needs of working remotely for an extended period of time.
  • I have the resources I need to do my job well (e.g. equipment, information).
  • I understand any impacts that working from home has had on my benefits and why they are necessary.
  • I am satisfied with my current compensation.


This is an incredibly bonkers time. Your employees are in a different mindstate than they’ve probably ever been in before. These questions allow you to understand where they are at, how well you are supporting them, and any areas where you may fall flat.

  • I receive recognition when I do a good job.
  • My workload is reasonable.
  • My work schedule is flexible enough to allow me to meet my family and personal responsibilities.
  • The level of stress in my job is acceptable.
  • I feel excited about coming to work in our new virtual environment.
  • I can see myself working here in a year, even if we are still remote.
  • I still feel motivated in my role and excited about the work that I am doing.


  • What practices do we need to change to make our remote work environment better?
  • Have any problems arisen within our culture due to working remotely?
  • What new ways can we boost employee engagement while social distancing?
  • What is the most important aspect of your employee experience here, and has it been impacted by working remotely?
  • What are the things that we are doing great?
  • What are the things that we are not doing great?
  • Are there other benefits that we could offer now that we didn’t before that would be impactful for you?
  • Ask and you shall receive

While it might be scary to put yourself out there and potentially open your leadership team up for constructive, hard-to-hear insights if you don’t ask you’ll never learn. Inquiring about how your team is doing helps you proactively save your teams from undergoing risks like voluntary attrition, further collaboration issues, and even customer impacts. It’s never too early to ask and get the ball rolling and making a better future.



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