Change happened at my store a few years ago. There must have been a question somehow related to the HR ETL (she was fresh out of school and so naive yet thought she knew everything) because that was a subject brought up in the next group chat (remember those?). I spoke to the STL about it on the side because practically no one spoke up during the chat and I figured they deserved to know what TMs were saying. That HR person wasn't around much longer after those survey results came down.You absolutely can opt out. Just don’t take it. Unless your store is grabbing you and standing there watching to make sure you do it or something. We are to just mention the survey to people and hope for as much participation as possible.
Personally I don’t know why people don’t do the survey. It’s a chance to voice your opinion on matters. Maybe you’ll see change maybe you won’t. Yes sometimes they have been able to narrow down the groups unhappy. But if you are unhappy about something why wouldn’t you want to voice it and hope to see change. However you can’t just use it as a “bitch-fest”. If you have legitimate complaints be prepared to back them up as to why. Don’t like your leader, why? Can’t be just cause they make you work.