The survey was taken by nearly 50 people and was anonymous, to encourage honest answers. Today, during a lunchtime presentation, they reviewed the results with us.
Most of the questions were multiple choice, where we rated our satisfaction with some workplace aspect on a scale from 1 to 7. Some questions had a text field where we could add additional comments. The presenter ran though the first few sets of results on Powerpoint slides without discussing any the additional comments. The very first comment they put up on the screen was from a question asking us to list the kitchen snacks that were our least favorites. The anonymous survey comment said:
I dispute the premise of a least favorite snack.Immediately several of the people around me whipped their heads around and stared at me. "Was that from you?" they all asked?
The next slide was about the idea of having an in-office talent show, suggesting that we could all demonstrate our singing, dancing or other artistic abilities. The presenter again picked out a single anonymous user comment from the survey question. The comment said:
Holy cow, that would be a train wreck! I have no artistic abilities, but could theoretically compose a poem under sufficient peer pressure.Again, the people around me turned towards me and smirked. Larry leaned over and whispered, "You have a distinctive writing voice."
So much for anonymous surveys. Next time I'm answering in all caps.