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The company sent out an anonymous survey to everyone. I figured out by clearing my browser history I could fill out the survey multiple times. So I did that to make sure my feelings carried more weight.

The CEO was so pleased that my department had the highest response rate. Most I talked to in my department didn't even fill it out.

The CEO noticed a huge discrepancy in employee satisfaction across departments. My department had very low ratings (I'm pretty sure my 15+ submissions are to blame.)

Now the CEO is planning to have focus sessions with my department and many additional meetings to improve morale and get face to face feedback. People in my department hate the thought of additional meetings, they don't understand how we had over 90% response rate to the survey and they wish that we could focus on the work.

This seems to have back-fired. Or maybe it will lead to positive changes. I don't know. If I come clean about it can I do so anonymously to avoid repurcussions and a bad reputation?

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    Why has it backfired? You were not happy and now the CEO is trying to find out what the problem is and to fix it. Sounds like you got what you wanted! – John3136 Aug 22 at 4:17
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    Well... at least you know the survey was anonymous. – Shadowzee Aug 22 at 4:51
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    Why did you do this, as you plan to leave : workplace.stackexchange.com/q/142312/75821 – Solar Mike Aug 22 at 5:48
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    What would happen if your department had a 150% response rate? – Hosch250 Aug 22 at 15:38
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    @RR2 maybe, just maybe, the meetings are due to the massive negative feedback they received and they're looking to actually make a positive change by addressing the issues. Now you're going to be stuck in a meeting with the CEO and all your coworkers. CEO is shocked that there's such negativity and so are the coworkers. They'll all be looking around wondering how 15 out of the 20(?) of them feel so poorly but have never said anything, and you'll be the only one who will have a gripe to express. You'll be found out pretty quickly. Maybe you should fess up now to save irritating your coworkers – FreeMan Aug 22 at 15:55
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So you submitted 15+ times, but what did you want?

Attention - you’ve got it. But now all your colleagues are suffering due to your actions.

So come clean and get it sorted, the phrase “damned if you do and damned if you don’t” seems very apt.

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    @RR2 perhaps they expected each employee to only submit once... Given your actions, a naive expectation. – Solar Mike Aug 22 at 10:56
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    @RR2 Come, now. You resorted to clearing your browser history in order to vote again; it's absurd to pretend you didn't know you weren't meant to vote more than once. If you really believe you weren't doing anything wrong, why wouldn't you just tell your workmates what happened? – Geoffrey Brent Aug 22 at 10:58
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    (also, "one entry per IP address" doesn't actually prevent multiple voting, because IP addresses are not one-per-person) – Geoffrey Brent Aug 22 at 10:59
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    @RR2 you are trying to blame others for your actions. This is not their fault : "So really it's my workmates disinterest in providing feedback that has led to these extra meetings"... – Solar Mike Aug 22 at 11:17
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    What would happen if your department had a 150% response rate? – Hosch250 Aug 22 at 15:38
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I could fill out the survey multiple times

Honest is always welcome. Confess your guilt to the CEO, ask the management to delete the duplicated 14 entries. Schedule a meeting with the CEO, rant anything you feel negative about the company.

Pretend nothing happens, work normally with people in your department.

  • I have heard the CEO is very passive aggressive. I never experienced it myself, but I think telling is a bad idea. Why not just let it play out? – user107558 Aug 22 at 10:37
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    @RR2: honestly: what your are doing is a prime example of "passive aggressive" behavior. I sincerely hope your CEO isn't worse than that. – Hilmar Aug 22 at 18:53
  • What do you suspect would happen if CEO is worse? – user107558 Aug 22 at 19:06
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First off, you should not done that. It is dishonest and cheating.

Clearing browser won't work. If they check the submission by IP, then you are screwed. If you plan to stay on, do not come clean. If you come clean to the CEO, word will get out to your colleagues and they will blame you. You will not be trusted again.

It is too late to own up now.

Or you could take a risk and do what a former colleague of mine did. He 'claimed' to be testing the security of the survey and did it with the best of intentions

  • How is it cheating? Shouldn't they have set up the survey to not allow entries from the same person more than once? – user107558 Aug 22 at 10:36
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    @RR2 Do you really want to work in an environment so paranoid that they spend all their time trying to guess how employees might attempt to sabotage things? – Geoffrey Brent Aug 22 at 10:53
  • Sabotage? It's simply a survey. No one said they would act on the results. How is this sabotage? – user107558 Aug 22 at 11:11
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    @RR2 If you really didn't think they were going to respond to the results... why on earth did you go to the effort of voting 15 times "to be heard" and "to get the point across"? – Geoffrey Brent Aug 22 at 11:37
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    @RR2 lol - do you think the meetings are to fix the problems ... ? The meetings are to tell you all how wrong your feelings are and that you all need to get with the program and properly appreciate how awesome your company is ;) – brhans Aug 22 at 13:44