DEI Survey Best Practices


Looking for a way to improve diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in your workplace? Discover DEI survey best practices to help you achieve your goals.

What Is a DEI Survey?

No matter your organization’s industry or size, a focus on diversity and inclusion ensures all people feel represented, supported and like a valued member of your team. While employing professionals of different genders, races, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds can create a more diverse and balanced workforce, that isn’t enough to ensure individuals feel like they belong.

With a DEI survey, you’ll gain insight into how employees feel, what they experience in the workplace and their thoughts and opinions on certain matters. You’ll identify potential problem areas and aspects of your organization that you can improve to make your team feel more included and empowered.

DEI Survey Best Practices — Do’s and Dont’s

When developing a DEI survey, there are a few best practices you’ll want to keep in mind.


  • Get a baseline understanding of your company’s culture and diversity.
  • Be sensitive about the language you use and the questions you ask.
  • Allow anonymous answers so employees feel more comfortable responding and know their privacy is respected.
  • Make it possible for individuals to skip questions.
  • Analyze recurring results and responses.
  • Determine which employees should be involved in coming up with solutions.
  • Develop a timeframe and plan for implementing the new solutions.


  • Unintentionally commit confirmation bias by asking questions that could undermine survey results.
  • Ignore or become offended by employee feedback.
  • Be dishonest about how you will make diversity and inclusion changes in the workplace.

Example Questions To Ask

Not sure how to get started? Here are a few DEI survey questions you can ask your employees:

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how diverse and inclusive do you think the workplace is?
  • Do you feel as if you are included and able to be yourself in the workplace?
  • Have you ever seen diverse ideas or perspectives ignored or mocked?
  • Do you feel like you relate to others on your team and the executive team?
  • Do you think you have the same opportunities to advance in your career as other team members?
  • Are you comfortable sharing your concerns, ideas or perspectives?
  • Do you feel like you belong and see yourself staying with the company?

Learn More About Offering a DEI Employee Survey at Your Company

At Exude Human Capital, it’s our mission to support yours. We provide the DEI assessments you’re looking for to build a stronger workforce and help your team thrive. If you’re interested in learning more about having a DEI assessment at your place of work, contact us today to get started.

Learn more about offering a DEI employee survey at your company