eNPS is not the whole truth

by | Mar 18, 2024

The Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) is a popular tool for measuring employee satisfaction and loyalty. However, it is crucial to recognize its limitations to fully understand how you can maximize the value of eNPS in the workplace.

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The main limitations of eNPS are:

  1. Oversimplification of employee sentiment
  2. Risk of misinterpretation
  3. Lack of actionable insights
  4. Risk of response bias
  5. Satisfaction and loyalty ≠ employee engagement


1. Oversimplification of employee sentiment: eNPS, by design, relies on a single question to gauge employee sentiment. This simplicity can be a double-edged sword. While it makes the employee survey easy to administer and respond to, it also means that eNPS may not capture the complexity of employee experience and attitudes. The factors influencing employee satisfaction, such as job role, management, work-life balance, and company culture, may be overlooked when eNPS is taken out of context.

2. Risk of misinterpretation: The numeric scale of eNPS can lead to misinterpretations. A neutral or passive score (7-8 on a 10-point scale) does not necessarily indicate a problem, and neither does it imply high satisfaction. Additionally, cultural differences in how individuals rate satisfaction can skew results, leading to inaccurate interpretations across diverse workplaces. Some people tend to ‘never’ give a full score since there are always things that can be improved. Others might be more generous with how they score.

3. Lack of actionable insights: eNPS provides a quantitative measure of employee sentiment but often falls short of qualitative insights. It tells ‘how much’ employees are satisfied or dissatisfied but not ‘why’ or ‘why not.’ Without understanding the underlying reasons for the scores, organizations might find it challenging to formulate effective strategies to address specific issues.

4. Risk of response bias: The simplicity of the eNPS question can lead to response bias. Employees might provide socially desirable answers or be influenced by recent events, leading to scores that do not accurately reflect their overall experience. This phenomenon is particularly prominent in organizations where survey responses are not anonymous.

5. Satisfaction and loyalty ≠ employee engagement: Relying solely on eNPS for employee engagement is misleading. While employee engagement is key to an organization’s success for several reasons, having satisfied and loyal employees is not enough to keep engagement high. However, eNPS is part of the success equation and works best when combined with other tools and feedback mechanisms. Open feedback analysis, organizational KPI from questions within the work environment, safety, and other forms of feedback can complement eNPS to provide a more holistic understanding of employee engagement.


While eNPS is a good starting point for measuring employee satisfaction and loyalty, it must be part of a broader employee experience strategy that includes diverse feedback mechanisms to maximize its value. Understanding the limitations of eNPS is key to effectively utilizing it to create a truly engaging and satisfying work environment.

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