Q – “My boss has given us a staff survey to do and had asked us to be honest, we know that she knows our handwriting but would you be honest on it or lie, as we know whatever is written down will come back and bite you no matter what.”
A – I give my employees one every year and I ask them to be honest its good to reflect as a manager as we can’t always be perfect. This can be explored further here http://www.earlyyearscareers.com/…/reflective-practice/
A – Type the answers on a separate page and attach it to the survey that way no hand writing but your still answering all of the questions truthfully.
A – I don’t think you should be that scared of giving an honest opinion. These surveys are to make life better for all. Staff and children. As long as you can back up and have explanations for what you’ve written and your not just slagging anyone/thing off with nothing constructive you’re fine. Give possible solutions then you’re showing you want to help make things better. Presumably you’ve issues or you wouldn’t be worried. Leaving issues to fester won’t help u long term.
A – Definitely be honest but maybe get the other employees to type it up too . If it’s just you that has typed it up they may still know it’s you… I understand your worries as unfortunately some practitioners aren’t as professional as they should be. Good luck!
A – If you’re really worried about it not being confidential and “coming back to bite you” then scan it into the computer and type up your response that way your handwriting won’t be recognised!
A – I think you should be honest.. but also if you have any issues you should feel relaxed to go and talk to your boss to sort these issues out and be truthful face to face to move forward and express how you feel.. but obviously sometimes places are different and might not have a ‘boss’ that your comfortable talking to etc.. were very lucky with that in my setting and can talk to them at any point.. but defo be honest.
A – I’ve had to do them previously where our name was on the top so the manager knew that everyone’s was back. We also had to score how happy we felt working for the setting, if we put a low score she would happily give us time to explain as to why this was, or we could always request the time. As our names were on there we knew it was okay to be honest on the form as we were all honest in conversations with her.
A – I have experienced a similar thing, negativity now follows me and it’s very hard to get through each week. Aspirations and trust lost. I know being honest is important, but doing/saying it in the right way is even more important.
A – How can you every truly reflect and evaluate your work if you are not honest with yourself? Maybe just think of the nicer ways to approach it.. be constructive!
A – I would be honest, at the end of the day you are work colleagues and need to work together. If I’m not performing to the best of my ability I would rather be told, that way I can learn from it. If your colleagues decide to get upset with what has been written then talk it through at a meeting. We all do our jobs for the sake of the children so criticism shouldn’t be taken to heart, resolve it and move on.
A – Maybe all staff should agree between you to type your answers. If yours is the only typed one your manager could still figure out it’s yours.
A – Be honest but constructive. Don’t just have a moan, suggest how things could improve and why you feel they need to. Ensure you put some positives on too.
A – I’m a manager and I ask staff to be honest. I take it as constructive criticism and work on it so we can reflect and improve as a team using staff points of view. Hope this helps
A – Be honest. There’s a difference between being honest and critical. There’s no point missing this opportunity if you feel some things could be improved.
A – We have a similar system at appraisal time and I always wish we were allowed to type them because I’d feel more comfortable being more honest then.
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