Launch an Exit Survey

Exit surveys can help collect information about an employee's experience prior to their leaving and help understand the factors that led to their decision to leave.

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Exit surveys are ongoing surveys that can be configured to automatically invite exiting employees to capture their experience during and prior to their leaving, as well as to understand the factors that lead to their decision to leave the organization.

Exit surveys are designed to capture an employee's experience prior to leaving an organization. Additional surveys such as an annual engagement survey, periodic pulses, and New Hire surveys can help provide a macro view of an employee's engagement during their tenure with an organization.

Additional resources for Exit surveys and best practices.


  • Available to admin and survey-admin users

Exit Survey Template

Quantum Workplace provides a Best Practice template for Exit surveys to better understand an employee's experience and the factors that influenced the employee's decision to leave. 

Note: All questions included in a Quantum Workplace Best Practice template can be edited and/or removed during the Questions step of the survey creation process. 

How to Launch an Exit Survey

Getting Started

To launch an Exit survey: 

  1. Click and expand Administration in the left-hand navigation menu
  2. Click Survey & Pulses from the drop-down menu
  3. Click New Survey in the top right

Select Template

The first step of the survey-creation process is to select the template for the survey.

For Exit surveys, the Exits template is recommended.

  1. Select the Exits template from Quantum Workplace's Best Practices, your organization's templates, or click Create Your Own Survey in the top-right to create your own questions
  2. Look over the included questions- questions can be removed or added later in the setup
  3. To confirm your template, click Use this template

Survey Details

On the Survey Details page, enter the survey name, the context for the survey, determine what other languages to offer the survey in, and whether to disable Action Planning.

  1. Under Survey Name, provide the survey name as it should appear on the survey, invitations, and reminders
  2. Use the drop-down menu to select the survey type, learn more
  3. Optionally, provide a brief description or add context for your survey participants
  4. Specify whether any additional languages should be included in the survey
    • Additional languages require translations that will be submitted in a later step
  5. Enabled by default, click the box to disable Action Planning for the survey, learn more about Action Planning

Click Next to continue.


On the Confidentiality page, specify the confidentiality settings appropriate for the survey.

  1. Select the confidentiality setting for the survey
    • The Not Confidential option is recommended for New Hire, Exit Surveys, and other lower-volume surveys
  2. Each confidentiality setting has a different follow-up action:
    • Not Confidential: Enter the user(s) who should be notified each time the survey is completed
    • Mixed: Specify the number of responses required to show survey results in Analytics, and enter an email address for survey participants to contact should they have any confidentiality-related questions
    • Confidential: Specify the number of responses required to show survey results in Analytics
    • Anonymous: Specify the number of responses required to show survey results in Analytics

Learn more about survey confidentiality and best practices.

Click Next to continue. 


From the Questions page, you can add, rearrange, and edit your questions.

If you selected a template at the beginning of the survey creation process, those questions will be listed on this page.

If you selected Create Your Own Survey, this is where you will add questions for your survey, either via the Library or custom questions. Learn more about creating survey questions.

  1. Under the menu to the left of the question list, you have several options to modify your survey's questions:
    • Add from Library: Add a question from Quantum Workplace's Best Practice library or from past surveys
    • Add Custom Question: Create a custom question
      • Note: Custom questions do not provide benchmark or trending data
    • Add Section: Create a section to visually organize survey questions
    • Survey Question Export: Export your current list of questions in detail 
    • Logic: Configure questions to ask follow-up questions based on responses or limit who can see a question, learn more about Survey Logic
    • Styling: Customize the survey color and logo, learn more about Survey Styling
    • Preview Survey: Click View to preview a finalized version of the survey, and click Share to copy the URL of the preview to your web browser's clipboard 
  1. View and edit the questions currently included in the survey

    • Click the Move Question icon (Figure A) to open a modal and specify the question's position before or after a specified question/ section
    • Click the up and down arrows (Figure B) to rearrange the question one place earlier or later, respectively 

Click Next to continue. 


On the Participants page, customize how survey participants are chosen and invited.

For Exit surveys, selecting the Employee Exit Date automatically invites exiting employees to participate. Additionally, under Targeting, use the Exit Type: Voluntary and Exit Type: Involuntary to ensure the right audience participates in your Exit survey.

To launch an Exit survey:

  1. Select Invite Automatically
  2. Under Triggered By, select Employee Exit Date
  3. Under Targeting, specify if all qualifying employees are invited or if a qualifying employee should pass through a demographic filter, learn more
  4. Under Access Survey By, specify how invited survey participants can access the survey
    • Unique Link: Participants receive a unique link in their email inbox that opens their survey
    • Employee ID or Unique Link:
      • Employee ID: Participants receive a generic invitation link in their email inbox that requires participants to enter their employee ID to open their survey
      • Unique Link: Participants receive a unique invitation link in their email inbox that opens their survey
    • Unique Access Code or Unique Link
      • Unique Access Code: Participants receive a generic invitation link in their email inbox that requires participants to enter a manageable custom access code to open their survey, learn more
      • Unique Link: Participants receive a unique link in their email inbox that opens their survey

If the survey should include employees who wouldn't qualify under the current invite rules, use the Invite Manually to select the employees who should be invited to participate. 

Under Targeting, determine who is sent survey invites after the selected trigger occurs:

  • Send to all employees will invite all employees who qualify for the trigger
  • Limit who is invited based on demographics allows you to control what demographics are included and excluded as an additional rule for survey invitations.

    For example, if a survey is meant for offices in Boston and San Diego, but shouldn't include HR employees in either office, the fields can look like this:

Include: Location: Boston, Location: San Diego

Exclude: Department: HR

Click Next to continue. 


On the Schedule page, determine when invitations are delivered, how long surveys are open for, and when reminders, if any, are sent to participants. 

Depending on the invitation method(s) selected in the previous step, the options displayed on the Schedule step will vary.

The following view reflects when the Invite Automatically option is selected.

  1. Click Change Time Zone to update the time zone reflected in the survey setup
  2. Invitations: Customize when invitations are sent out according to the trigger, the Invitation Message can also be edited 
  3. Survey Deadline: Determine how many days survey participants have to complete their survey
  4. Invitation Preview: Expand the card to view a live preview of the survey's email invite
  5. Reminders (Optional): Customize when reminders, if any, are sent to participants as well as the Reminder Message's text
    • Click Add Reminder to add additional reminders
    • Click Delete Reminder to remove reminders

If an employee is leaving an organization before the scheduled survey invite, ensure a secondary or personal email address is assigned to the user within Quantum Workplace.

Click Next to continue. 

Languages (Optional)

If you specified that a survey is offered in another language, besides English, you will see the Languages page following the Schedule page. If your survey is only in English, you will see the Test and Review page instead.

From the Languages page, enter translations for the survey title, description, reminders, and each question. Learn how to add translations individually or in bulk.

Test & Review

On the Test and Review page, review key details and dates for your survey before finalizing and launching the survey. 

Learn more about testing and previewing surveys prior to launch.

The information displayed on this page should reflect and confirm your survey design decisions. 

  1. Test Mode: Optionally, click Send Test Survey to send a survey sample to select users as well as which message to be included
  2. Survey Details: This card details the survey name, confidentiality, and the specified survey timeline
  3. Participants: See the number of participants currently set to be invited to participate, click View or Download Participants for more information
  4. Survey Distribution: This section reflects your selections on the Participants page and allows you to perform any follow-up actions, i.e. adding users manually or copying the shareable link, as you could on the Participants page

    The following view reflects when the manual, automatic, and shareable link options are selected:

Click Schedule Launch to complete the survey. If you scheduled the survey to launch at a future date, it will automatically launch at the specified time.