Effective Communication Through Two-way Feedback

Effective Communication Through Two-way Feedback. It’s a Two-Way Street.

two way streeetWith any person-to-person interaction, there is an opportunity to give feedback. Feedback is important in generating the results that we need to be successful, especially in the workplace where the main objective of feedback is to strengthen progress towards objectives and goals.  This can be achieved by providing genuine constructive and encouraging feedback to the recipient. Continue reading

Feedback Surveys to Improve Management Processes and Practices

Feedback surveys are a great tool to improve internal management processes and practices across your entire business

employee-feedback-surveyBusinesses are constantly evolving and looking for ways to implement changes that improve growth and development.  Employees are an excellent resource for gathering important feedback via internal surveys and forms. Whether a business is large or small, feedback surveys generate important and meaningful data, that businesses can use to make informed business improvements. Feedback surveys are a great tool for businesses to gather representative and relevant data to to drive decision-making, streamline workflows, improve company processes, make data-driven business changes, and much more. Continue reading

What Are You Doing to Celebrate Your Employees?

Today, March 6th, is Employee Appreciation Day. What are you doing to celebrate your great employees?

It’s important to celebrate your employees everyday, but the first Friday in March marks Employee Appreciation Day in the United States. It’s a day to stop and take a moment to recognize and honor all the hard work of your employees. It’s a chance for executives, directors, and managers of all levels reward their employees, and show their appreciation for a job well done.

What are you doing to celebrate your employees?

Looking for some ideas? We have a few.

  • Keep it simple – just say ‘thank you’. Whether it is in person, in an email, or on a thank you note (yes, people still give hand-written notes).  The simple act of saying ‘thank you’ goes a long way.
  • If you know your coworkers’ interests well, consider a small gift. This small gesture will certainly brighten up an employee’s day.
  • If you can afford to, consider a monetary gift. Monetary gifts such as bonuses or gift certificates say ‘thank you’ quite nicely.
  • Hold an employee raffle. Raffle a small prize such as an appreciation gift or a gift certificate.
  • It’s hard to resist a hearty meal. Treat your employees to breakfast or lunch.
  • Treat your staff to homemade treats for a nice personal touch.
  • Take your employees time into consideration. If your positions are flexible enough, consider sending employees home an hour early.
  • Provide your employees with opportunities. Employees appreciate the opportunity to attend professional association meetings, participate in training groups, represent your organization at events, attend workshops, or be part of a special committee where they can showcase their talents.

Even the smallest displays of employee appreciation can go a long way. Recognition enhances motivation and retention, and builds a positive, productive workplace.   Continue reading

Start with Employee Satisfaction, End with Employee Engagement

Organizations need to start with employee satisfaction, but ultimately end with employee engagement

employee-engagementAs mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, 4 Questions to Consider Before Investing in Employee Engagement, employee engagement is a hot topic amongst today’s organizations with a goal of improving performance. That intense interest is now evolving into deeper thinking about company culture. Organizations across the globe are measuring employee satisfaction, and seriously assessing what kind of workplace culture they want and need in order to obtain and retain customers.

The problem is many organizational leaders mistake workforce satisfaction with employee engagement. It’s not enough to measure just satisfaction and happiness. That’s just the start. Employees need the proper mix of satisfaction and engagement.  Continue reading

4 Questions to Consider Before Investing in Employee Engagement

Here are 4 important questions to consider before your organization invests in employee engagement

employee-engagementEmployee Engagement is a hot topic in today’s organizations, and is a key component in improving performance. But how does your organization measure it and what does your organization do with the data once received?

Organizations are spending a significant amount of time and effort to develop programs that measure employee engagement through regular surveys. But is that investment of time and effort really paying off? Do organizations really know how to measure employee engagement effectively?

Because so many organizations stepped quickly into developing employee engagement surveys without much knowledge on the subject, they’ve overlooked some of the very important work necessary to reveal the true strengths of employee engagement. There are questions you should consider that will guide you through the employee engagement process in a way that is more likely to produce a measurable impact on your organization’s results.

Before you make any decisions about your employee engagement program, consider these 4 questions.  Continue reading

Do You Feel Appreciated on this Employee Appreciation Day?

Do you feel appreciated at work? Today, March 7th is “Employee Appreciation Day.”

employee appreciationDoes your company make it a priority to not only attract new employees, but also retain its current talent? Do you find that your company is like a revolving door – employees seem to come and go frequently? How can you tell if there is a lack of appreciation? Make it a point to ask.

Why is it important to measure employee appreciation? Employee appreciation and recognition is one of the most effective and affordable ways to reduce turnover, curb absenteeism, increase productivity, and keep employees engaged with their work. Engaged employees are more productive, which produces increased profitability, and they also create stronger customer relationships, and tend to stay longer with their company. How can you measure their level of engagement and appreciation? You can conduct an employee survey that includes both topics. Continue reading

Available Survey Software Training Opportunites

Enjoy a variety of options for Snap 11 Survey Software trainingSnap-survey-software- trainingSnap Surveys offers a variety of convenient online training opportunities.  Whether you are new to Snap Survey Software or an advanced user, we have training opportunities that will fit your specific requirements. Training courses are offered in sessions scheduled at the your request, on a day and time that is convenient for you or your team. Online training courses can be customized to your specific needs.  We do offer training topics,  including:  Continue reading

Make Use of Survey Software to Create Employee Surveys

Learn about the types of employee surveys you can create with survey software

When designed and administered correctly, employee surveys can be used by any business or organization to solicit invaluable, constructive feedback, and they can function as an effective tool for employee performance management. Businesses can use employee feedback (comments, opinions, behaviors, and suggestions) to create strategic strategies to help improve employee retention, increase productivity, create a cohesive work environment, as well as provide a benchmark to measure continued improvement. Continue reading

Solutions to Traditional Employee Reviews

What are some alternative solutions to traditional employee reviews?

In yesterday’s blog post, Are Traditional Employee Reviews Still Beneficial?, we discussed the issues facing traditional employee reviews. Today, we discuss alternative solutions that organizations can carry out in their employee review process.

The process of traditional employee reviews has many organizations questioning their current review processes. The traditional employee review process is proving to be outdated and filled with inefficiencies. Those inefficiencies include:

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Are Traditional Employee Reviews Still Beneficial? What’s Your Opinion?

How useful are traditional employee reviews in your organization?

Many organizations rely on annual or semi-annual employee reviews to evaluate employee performance.The traditional employee review consists of a manager (or supervisor) who complete a series of evaluation questions to rate an employee’s performance. Additionally, often times the employee is asked to complete a self-assessment of their own performance. Once the manager reviews the two evaluations, the two parties meet face-to-face to discuss results and elaborate more on performance.

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