It's that time of year again at my employer... now that we've stuffed ourselves with turkey and enjoyed a 3 day work week, invitations to an "anonymous" employee survey have gone out. For whatever it matters, it's through some external company that we're presumably paying for the privilege.
Related to this old question asking about the possible downsides of honestly answering an "anonymous" employee survey, I'm wondering about what possible upsides there are to me, as an employee, for actually completing this thing... mostly because I can't think of any. My instinct and operating assumption has always been that there isn't any upside, and to avoid filling these surveys out, or just lie and say what they want to hear if I'm unable to avoid doing it.
I'm extremely secure in my position at my present employer, and have no fear or concern about the obvious downsides of honestly completing this survey, so I'm trying to figure out if there's any possible upside to me to completing this thing (either honestly or dishonestly), or if my instincts are right, and it's a complete waste of time for me, at best.
In response to the comments, the text of the email that was sent out inviting us all inviting us to take the survey (which was the only communications on the matter) is below.
[3rd party company contracted to perform survey] Survey [Employer company name] asked us to collect your honest thoughts about your workplace. Could you take five minutes to answer this confidential survey? Begin Survey We were hoping you could finish by Friday, December 7th. Any questions or concerns? Just reply and we’ll be happy to help! Thanks! [3rd party company contracted to perform survey].