5 Things to Include in an Employee Survey for the Best responses

2015-07-26-20-25-57Have you heard all the fuss and bother about employee engagement? Are you trying to understand what your employees are thinking? Want to encourage them to stick around?

The evidence is in. Engaged organizations (compared to those with a disengaged workforce) see lower staff turnover and higher morale. They have more productive, loyal employees, and can see improvements in efficiency and higher customer retention.

On the flip side, disengaged organizations suffer from high rates of absenteeism and turnover, more workplace accidents, and poor quality products and services.

Here are five things to include if you have decided to survey your workforce.

Ensure their anonymity

You are more likely to get candid and honest answers if you can assure the respondents their responses will be aggregated with those of others and responders will remain anonymous.

Let them know what will happen with the results AND commit to using the results

If they have an idea of where the information is going and how it will be used (to improve their work life hopefully) they should be more motivated to answer the survey.

Give them troubleshooting advice in the invitation to participate

If the survey link or survey itself is not working, staff that your want to respond must be told what to do, and who to contact.

Communicate, communicate, communicate results

If you have let staff know the results of past surveys, they may have confidence that they are being listened to and that their thoughts are valued.

Regularly repeating surveys or mini ‘pulse’ surveys also can give you a better idea of the bigger picture and an indication on how well any implemented changes are working.

Benchmark

Use the data collected in the past to contrast the results you achieve from the current survey and see if your staff are more engaged.

Credits: peoplepulse.com; engagementmultiplier.com

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Benefits of health data sharing outweigh security risks

Joseph Kvedar, vice president of connected health at Partners, argues in a recent post to his Blog that while many people remain fearful of the consequences of increased data sharing in healthcare–as evidenced by phone calls he received while discussing connected health on a radio program–the advantages boast even greater potential for consumers.

“What we unfortunately don’t talk about is what consumers have to gain by sharing their data,” Kvedar says. “For instance, the same information that can be used to create highly personalized programs to help people stay healthier and happier can also be a key factor in improving efficiencies and reducing healthcare costs. … Yes there is always some risk sharing personal data–whether online banking or communicating with your healthcare provider. But there are also rewards.”

See more at Fierce Health.

Almost 60% of Small Businesses already have a international customers – USForex Survey

Small businesses with an international reach should not come as a surprise to any of us. Peoplefirstsurveys.com has delivered survey and analytics to customers in the UK, Australia, Canada, Finland, New Zealand, the US and Mexico. All from fd2a3afe-108c-4648-92dc-5e8a3b98c654beautiful and rural Ontario Canada!

Not only are businesses finding clients around the world, savvy business owners and entrepreneurs also are finding talent internationally! On UpWork.com millions of small business owners find freelance support from amazingly talented computer programmers, virtual assistants, writers, editors (you get the idea) who are located anywhere in the world. And the great thing is it does not matter where we live!

Check this report out for more on the survey!

How Uber uses Data Science: Big Data and Analytics

 

UBER

Check out these posts about Uber and how they leveraged data and analytics to reinvent an industry.

Tackling problems like poor transportation infrastructure in some cities, poor customer experience, late car arrivals, drivers denying rides, or to accept credit cards Uber has “eaten the world” in less than 5 years.

  • 8 million users
  • 1 billion Uber trips
  • and 160,000+ people driving for Uber
  • across 449 cities
  • in 66 countries!

Data Science Central reports that Uber’s business model is based on crowd sourcing. Anyone with a car who is willing to help someone get to where they want to go can offer to help get them there.

Uber holds a vast database of drivers in all of the cities it covers, so when a passenger asks for a ride, they can instantly match you with the most suitable drivers.

Fares are calculated automatically, using GPS, street data and the company’s own algorithms which make adjustments based on the time that the journey is likely to take. This is a crucial difference from regular taxi services because customers are charged for the time the journey takes, not the distance covered.

Uber algorithms monitor traffic conditions and journey times in real-time, so prices can be adjusted as demand for rides changes, and traffic conditions mean journeys are likely to take longer. This encourages more drivers to get behind the wheel when they are needed – and stay at home when demand is low. The company has applied for a patent on this method of Big Data-informed pricing, which is calls “surge pricing”.

Also check out:

Dezyre.com

Bernard Marr

Forbes!

 

 

Dataconomy.com aha: Big data did not invent data science!

I found this great blog from earlier this year. If you fancy yourself a data geek, goddess, or fanatic it is must have info! Great place to start.

Beginner’s Guide to the History of Data Science

The irony of employee engagement surveys from Storifyd!

Check it out! Will a disengaged workforce really answer an 80 question workplace survey?

The irony of employee engagement surveys