Posts Tagged ‘Employee Opinion Survey’

Top 5 Things Employees Enjoy Most about Working for Their Company

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

In today’s video blog, Sean Walsh, CAI’s Survey Support Specialist, shares the top five reasons employees say they enjoy working for their employers.

He starts by asking, “Have you ever wondered what your employees think of your organization?”

Finding out whether your employees love or hate their workplace can be discovered by measuring employee attitudes through an Employee Opinion Survey (EOS). Sean says they are one of the tried-and-true methods of HR.

He shares that in 2014, over 3000 employees completed an employee opinion survey with CAI. In the video, Sean reveals the top five things that employees enjoy most about working for their current employers and why they enjoy these five workplace aspects:

 5) Benefits 

 4) Management

 3) Schedule / Hours 

 2) Job Responsibilities / My Work 

 1) Fellow Employees / Enjoy the People 

If you have any questions regarding Employee Opinion Surveys, or possibly conducting an Employee Opinion Survey yourself, please feel free to reach out to Sean at Sean.Walsh@capital.org.

 

Create a Healthier Workplace with a Company Wellness Program

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

GymEmployee-sponsored wellness programs provide organizations with many benefits. Designed to help employees maintain healthy lifestyle choices, wellness programs can strengthen staff morale, raise productivity and decrease health care related expenses for employers. To create a successful program, it is important to make sure the initiative’s focus is on helping employees get healthier rather than helping the organization save money—though both can occur.

An effective wellness program begins with involvement from a company’s leadership team. Like most business pursuits, employees are less skeptical to buy-in when senior managers and c-suite executives participate. There are multiple options to choose from when deciding to create a wellness program. Most are offered in partnership with an organization’s benefits provider, but agencies that specialize in developing and launching wellness programs are additional options for companies that want to create their own.

In addition to involving senior leadership, the start of a company wellness program should be communicated to all eligible employees through multiple channels, such as the company’s intranet and newsletter or a company-wide email.  Organizations should also set and publicize goals that they would like the program to accomplish. Progress throughout the duration of the wellness initiative should be measured as well.

With careful planning and execution, a wellness program can help organizations lower insurance costs, reduce absenteeism and help employees improve their overall physical and mental health. Here are a few suggestions for creating a healthier work culture at your company:

  1. Offer Financial Incentives: reward employees who opt into the wellness program by offering them benefits, such as lower insurance premiums and contributions to their flexible spending accounts.
  2. Survey Employees: to gauge the effectiveness of the wellness program, as well as track employee morale, organizations can gather updates from staff members via employee opinion surveys.
  3. Encourage Team Spirit: help employees get motivated to pursue healthier lifestyle choices by personalizing items that inspire exercise and good nutrition. For example, organizations can order water bottles and pedometers personalized with the company logo or names of staff members.
  4. Throw It Out: If your organization provides poor food options in vending machines, replace them with healthier choices, such as low-calorie or reduced-fat snacks.

For more information on creating a wellness program for your organization, please contact a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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Job Satisfaction: What Matters Most to Employees?

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Job security was rated by employees as the most important factor contributing to job satisfaction in the annual Job Satisfaction Survey conducted by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  Benefits and the ability to use skills and abilities on the job ranked second and third.

The survey, conducted in January 2010 and released on June 27, asked employees and HR professionals in the United States about contributors to job satisfaction.  Most interesting in the survey results is the difference between what employees see as most important and what HR professionals think employees see as most important:

  • HR professionals expected the relationship with the supervisor to be first.  Relationships with the supervisor was not even in the top six of employee selections.
  • Employees ranked the work itself as fourth, while HR professionals perceived it would be much further down the list (13th).

Key learning points from the survey are that employers should:

  • Emphasize effective communication with employees
  • Look at employees’ skills and abilities and find ways to use them in the organization for mutual benefit
  • Utilize employee feedback and knowledge to develop short- and long-term goals that contribute to the organization’s strategic plan

While this survey provides interesting data, it may not be representative of what your employees think.  Breakdowns of the data by age and sex revealed differences in what employees ranked as most important to job satisfaction.  A survey of your employee population may yield totally different results.

As the SHRM survey revealed, perceptions of what is important to employees may be very different from reality.  CAI’s Employee Opinion Surveys can help you determine what is most important to your workforce.  To assess your employee satisfaction and engagement, as well as organizational climate, contact Molly Hegeman at (919) 878-9222 or molly.hegeman@capital.org.  You can also visit our Employee Opinion Surveys Web page.

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