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Employee Survey

I'm delighted to share the recording of my recent webinar, Beyond Employee Engagement: Measure What Matters Most and Improve Business Results, with you. In this webinar, you'll: Learn why employee engagement is an important talent management strategy for HR leaders and executives ...

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Novacrea recently helped the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) conduct an organizational survey for its members, who include researchers, graduate students, post-docs, and staff. I caught up with Dan Lauffer, Chief Operating Officer at GLBRC, and Catherine Carter, Operations Process Manager, after completing the survey. Here's our interview, edited for length.

Pi Wen: Could you tell us a little bit about the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, its mission and the activities that your members engage in?

Dan: The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center is one of three biological research centers funded by the Department of Energy, with a mission of conducting basic research that generates technology to convert cellulosic biomass to ethanol.

When planning for an employee survey, you need to be very clear what you want to achieve with your survey. Get focus and ignore non-essentials. Just like managing all the information that’s constantly available to us. If you are like me, you probably subscribe to several news lists, professional publication lists, and RSS feeds. We want to keep up with everything lest we miss some big news or fall behind the latest research or industry trends. But we cannot keep up. We are stressed. Indeed, we need to focus on only what's important and ignore others! This is just what Peter Bregman prescribed in his blog on HRB. Peter advised that we focus on two lists: your focus list - what you want to achieve and what's important to you; and your ignore list - what are you willing to let go and what's not important to you. Likewise, when planning for an employee survey, you need to have a focus list of topics that you want to survey and ignore other irrelevant topics at this time.

Sometimes small details are what makes or breaks a perfect performance, or, a perfectly executed employee survey. One of these small details in conducting an employee survey is your employee mailing list. Regardless of whether you are surveying all your employees or a random sample of your workforce, you'll need to create your list and check it twice (or thrice!)

Novacrea Consulting Process: Employee Survey Solutions that Work! What’s the process for creating a concise, on-point employee survey that delivers huge impact? Generates enthusiasm among employees? Enables follow-up actions? Novacrea’s step-by-step consulting process will take you from initial consultation to employee survey results presentation and action-planning facilitation. This proven process:
  • Helps you get maximum buy-in from management and employees
  • Creates a questionnaire that’s focused on your specific needs
  • Enables smooth execution of the survey
  • Ensures ongoing dialogues between you and your employees
  • Builds trust among your employees
  • Facilitates effective follow-up action planning

Happy New Year! I’ve been working hard in the past few months with my designer, Acacia Carr, to redesign our website. And now it’s here! Anyone who’s undertaken a website redesign knows how much energy and time it takes. So it feels right to celebrate this milestone in Novacrea’s history and make a proper announcement of it to all. This new website is designed with a more focused message of who we are and of the services we offer–customized employee surveys, employee engagement consulting, and action planning facilitation. It highlights our goal to embrace new tools in social media. It shows our vision of integrating research in positive psychology, talent management, and design thinking to bring you customized solutions that keep up with the rapid changes in the world of work.

A recent Corporate Executive Board (CEB) study of 983 employees in the financial industry found that compensation is not a key driver of employee retention although it has a very low satisfaction score (satisfaction with compensation ranked 35th out of 38 attributes surveyed). Before you roll your eyes and say “really?” Please pause and think about it. Who wouldn’t want to be paid more? And who would agree that they are compensated sufficiently even if they are well paid?