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Employee Satisfaction Survey Questions Uncover Honest Answers

 Employee satisfaction surveys are a fast and easy way for employers to gain valuable insight into the minds of their employees. These surveys are designed to get honest answers. They make employees feel safe speaking their minds.

The employee satisfaction survey questions will reveal everything you need to know about the satisfaction of your employees. If they are not happy on the job, these surveys will tell you why – and you can start fixing the problems.

Any successful business owner will tell you that they are only successful because their employees are happy. Unhappy, unsatisfied employees lead to reduced productivity. Our surveys will help you uncover problem areas, such as pay rates and working environments, so you can start making necessary changes.

When your employees are satisfied with their jobs, they will be more productive, helping to make your business more successful. Contact us today to learn more about our satisfaction surveys.  

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Employee Surveys Provide Answers to Difficult Questions

As an employer, you must make sure that your employees are happy with their jobs.

However, simply walking up to them and asking them is not likely to give you honest results. Employees are not going to tell the person that signs their paychecks that they are unhappy. The best way to get accurate, honest answers is through the use of employee surveys. These surveys offer various questions to employees pertaining to various aspects of your business. These surveys will discover whether your employees are happy and satisfied – or unhappy and disgruntled.

Your workers are a vital part of the success of your business. Without them, you will be left doing everything on your own. You need to keep your employees happy to ensure that they stay with you through thick and thin, through the good and the bad. Our surveys can help you find both the strengths and weaknesses of your overall business operation.

Contact us today to learn more and start working on keeping your employees happy.  

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An Employee Satisfaction Survey Report Gives You Insight

Keeping your employees satisfied is part of running a successful business. When your employees are not happy, they are not productive. You may find that you have a higher turnoverrate due to employee dissatisfaction. That is why you should take the time to give your employees a survey every few months. This will give you access to their anonymous opinions about your business and its operation. It will allow you to see areas where you may need to make changes to ensure the overall satisfaction of your employees.

Here at Insightlink Communications, we offer various surveys that you can give your employees. An employee satisfaction survey report will tell you everything you need to know about how your workers are feeling. With this knowledge, you can do whatever is necessary to boost employee morale and make their working environment better. You will never know unless you ask – so, let us help you ask with one of our insightful surveys.  

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Yahoo Bans Working From Home?

Richard Branson Weighs In

I have to admit I was completely surprised at Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's recent announcement that the company will ban teleworking for most of its employees. It seems like a backwards move for a company struggling to maintain its mojo, which I doubt will do anything to improve morale at the company. Mayer has come in for much criticism for the move and today Virgin Group founder Richard Branson weighed in on the decision too with the following tweet:

We agree with Branson on this one. Study after study has shown that giving workers more flexibility improves productivity, loyalty and engagement. What do you think?

 

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HR Priorities for the New Year in 2013

What are the most important goals for your oranization in the coming year? The folks over at Ceridian have an interesting infographic giving some answers to this question. The following is a summary of what they found:

2013 Priorities

Here's what the numbers say...

32% say customer focused initiatives
28% say employee engagement
16% say containing health care costs
13% say managing workforce productivty
10% say regulatory compliance

Top 5 Challenges

Do you agree with this list?

1. Attracting technical talent
2. Controlling the company brand
3. Communication with applicants
4. Keeping employees engaged

5. Obtaining job candidate referrals

Top 5 Business Risks

1. Loss of customers
2. Talent/Skills shortages
3. Reputational risk
4. Currencey fluctuations
5. Changing legislation

It's no suprise that employee engagagement and the risk of talent shortages are high on all these lists. 52% of U.S. employers are having difficulty filling positions in spite of an unemployment rate of close to 8%. Since talented, engaged employees are vital to the success of any customer focused business it's easy to understand where these numbers are coming from. Among other suggestions for achieving 2013 goals, Ceridian recommends outsourcing non-core activities and using workforce analytics ans part of a multi-year consumer-directed strategy.

An annual employee enagement survey and well-desiged action plan should be part of that process. Many employers think an employee engagement strategy is about doing what's needed for employees, but it's really about doing the things needed to build strong, long-lasting customer relationships. Because without loyal customers you won't have employees. That should be your main resolution for 2013.

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Send Your Robot to Work

Wasn't this a hilarious Big Bang Theory episode? You know, the one where Dr. Sheldon Cooper decides to send himself to work via a PC screen attached to a mobile robot. Double Robotics has created this novel device which allows you to turn your iPad into a movable virtual presence device just like Sheldon's making plain old teleconferencing look positively stone age.

According to the Double Robotics Web site: "Double is the simplest, most elegant way to be somewhere else in the world without flying there. The minimalist design and intuitive touchscreen controls allow you to freely move around without inconveniencing others. You can stay at eye level, whether sitting or standing, by adjusting your height remotely, which makes conversations fluid and real. Retractable kickstands will automatically deploy to conserve power when you are not moving around".

Check out the video below to see how it works.

Then check out the Big Bang Theory scene where Lenonard drives Sheldon's "double" to the office. Bazinga. This really could revolutionize the workplace.

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How to Motivate your Employees

Here's an interesting TED talk on the puzzle of motivation from Dan Pink. Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. In other words, carrots and sticks don't work. Hit the Read More link below to watch the video.

 

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Hire Employees for Their Personalities

 Collaborative enviroments are an important factor in highly engaged workplaces. In this short video from Harvard Business Review, Robert Chavez, CEO of Hermès US, argues companies should consider the personalities of the people they hire as much as the skill sets they have. Qualities like a sense of humor, cheerfulness and easy rapport with others are a huge benefit to your organization as a whole if they come naturally to the people you hire. "We can't teach people how to smile." says Chavez.

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Don't Tell Your Employees How To Vote

Election day is upon us! After what seems like an especially long campaign, it's finally all over but the celebrating (or the weeping). We've seen a number of stories come out during this election season (purportedly as a result of the Supreme Court's "Citizen's United" decision) that describe an increasing tendency for some employers to "encourage" their employees to vote for one candidate versus another.  Whether it's company-wide memos in favor of the CEO's favorite candidate, or "mandatory" participation in political rallies for one party over another, or even going so far as threatening job loss for a wrongly cast ballot, there's one thing we are certain of.  It's a very bad idea. By all means, encourage them to excercise their right to vote and participate in our democracy. Go the extra mile and allow them time off in order to do so. They'll think you're a hero! But please don't badger, intimidate or coerce your employees into voting the way you want them to. Then they'll just think you're a heel.

Jeffrey Pfeffer over at the HBR Blog Network agrees. Besides being just the wrong thing to do, it probably won't work (we think it will backfire big time) because as Jeff points out...

  1. You probably won't sway them.
  2. It diminishes your influence in other realms.
  3. It takes you off-message.

There are many challenges to running a company and maintaining a workforce that's both committed and engaged and rooting for your company's success. As Jeff says: "The last thing a company facing a difficult economy and competitive challenges needs is a CEO that uses communications channels with employees to introduce yet another distraction: Politics."  We couldn't agree more. Read Jeff's complete blog posting at HBR here.

 

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57 Free Ways to Recognize Employees

Found this great list on the University of Washington's Human Resources Web Site. It has 57 ideas for reward & recognition that won't cost you a penny.

  1. Post a thank you note on an employee’s door.
  2. Take time to explain to new employees the norms and culture of your department.
  3. Give special assignments to people who show initiative.
  4. Arrange for a team to present the results of its efforts to upper management.
  5. Encourage and recognize staff who pursue continuing education.
  6. Create and post an “Employee Honor Roll” in reception area.
  7. Acknowledge individual achievements by using employee’s name when preparing a status report
  8. Make a thank-you card by hand.
  9. Give employees an extra long lunch break.
  10. Establish a place to display memos, posters, photos and so on, recognizing progress towards goals and thanking individual employees for their help

Click on the Read More link below to see the full list of 57 ideas.

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