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Why People Insight:

Employee Engagement Model

Trust in the wisdom of our PEARL model

Our PEARL employee engagement model is a powerful framework for your employee survey questionnaires. It plays a vital role in helping you assess all elements of the employee experience and provides a robust, well-benchmarked engagement score.

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“We like the PEARL model – it covers the key things whilst still keeping it relatively simple! We love working with People Insight and find them helpful, informed and really good to work with.”

Kate Turner, Plan UK

Introducing PEARL™

PEARL™ will help you to assess all elements of employee engagement and provide a robust, well-benchmarked engagement score. Click next to see how the model works.

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How the model works

The PEARL™ employee engagement model is the result of an extensive study by our team of organisational psychologists and data scientists who reviewed the latest literature, carried out client research and studied over 20 million data points.

PEARL™ will help you assess all elements of the employee experience and provide a robust, well-benchmarked engagement score.

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5 Global themes

We start by representing the organisational characteristics that drive employee engagement and business outcomes as 5 global themes. The survey questions are organised under these themes.

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Sub-themes and questions

Each of the global themes are underpinned by 2 sub-themes with 3 questions each, resulting in 30 core, actionable employee engagement drivers.

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Putting the model together

There are 5 indicators of engagement, as well as the 30 core questions that drive engagement. Including open-text questions, this core employee engagement model forms a statistically robust and actionable approach that can be adapted for any organisation across the public, private and not for profit sectors.

To find out more, download the guide here.

PEARL: A powerful framework for your survey questionnaires

Easy to take part

Ready to go and highly customisable

The PEARL employee engagement model forms the basis of our survey questionnaires. Implement it straight away or customise the wording to your own organisation norms.

Add themes

Add in D&I, wellbeing, ESG, or other themes

Themes and questions can be added or removed, and our organisational psychologists are on hand to guide you through best practice for questionnaire design.

Every insight leads to action

Every insight leads to action

Every single question will give you data that you can act upon without repetition or ambiguity so you can improve your engagement and retention metrics.

Results in context

Put your results in the right context

Benchmark your survey results against your industry, sector or high performing organisations for an extra stretch. Our survey design means even your bespoke questions and historic data can be benchmarked as often as possible.

Trusted By

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jupiter asset management
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provident financial group
southampton fc
St john ambulance
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university of birmingham
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university of london
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vision express
vivid homes
walgreens boots alliance
west midlands police

Trusted by

“People Insight have been extremely easy to work with. They have challenged our thinking in a really constructive way; bringing fresh ideas which have helped us deliver a positive survey process with highly actionable results. Thank you!”

Anne Mellors, Head of People and Development, Nottingham Building Society

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“We have built up a great relationship with everyone we work with at People Insight. They really are experts at understanding the whole employee survey journey, and how to maximise the benefits of carrying surveys out.”

Steve Lynas, UK HR director – Sunbelt Rentals UK

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How People Insight can help

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Act with confidence using data-driven insights that are easy to understand, share and put into practice. Our engaging employee survey platform helps you and your teams survey staff and take ownership of the change you need.



Create lasting change with our organisational psychologist consultants. From survey design, stakeholder alignment, to action and behaviour change facilitation, they provide the perspective and context for a best practice approach.



Create your own unlimited surveys and pulses with live chat, wizards, templates and videos or commission our team to fully manage your survey project from beginning to end. Whatever support package you need, our team is a safe pair of hands.