Human resource management people are often accused of not being business-savvy.  I am now reflecting on that accusation.  I have just been asked as an HR person to participate in a survey.  I am able to participate in the survey, which will then be marketed at a cost to others.  

I won't receive payment for participating.  I won't receive a free copy of the survey.  If I want to see what's in the survey in which I participated I must pay for the privilege. 

When did things change?  I recall that it was always that if you participated, you received a free copy.

Now I ask myself - why should I participate?  Do HR people realise that they are being exploited?  

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I agree with you, Sylvia.  It takes time and effort to participate in a survey and I think the participation rate is generally very low.  In order to make it a win-win - effort in/results out - I will participate in a survey if I get something out.  I certainly won't pay for the privilege.   I did not respond to the hr survey in question for exactly that reason as I don't like to be exploited.  In anything.   

Thanks Pauls for your response - glad I'm not alone in this.  There is so much that can be gained from a representative survey - and a partnership and sector developmental approach.

Surveys such as Salary Surveys I can understand. They are highly specialised and enormously detailed.  The participants pay huge amounts and commit a large block of time for the information they will get back. But general surveys? Surveys of opinion? You want my help, let me have something back, even if it's a sumary report with the detailed report only available for a fee.

Hi Ian, Yes that was my view, as the organisation will be selling the information and making a profit from it, they should at least provide an executive summary.


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