Friday, October 18, 2019

Top reasons to use an Employee review software

An employee review is one of the most important steps in an employee’s life-cycle.
The employee review process is important for both, managers and directs. An employee’s
performance is evaluated by the manager, based on which suggestions are made to further
improve the performance. This process also lets the manager know of any challenges,
shortcomings, and grievances if any. The whole process is a dialogue that helps them both
in performance and goal management. Many organizations follow the model of doing employee
reviews yearly. The process, while followed by many, has its disadvantages. Organizations are
going the route of continuous performance management (CPM), doing it more frequently. The
frequency can depend on the nature of the business, work, employee, etc., and can be set to
monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, whichever suits best.

Employee review software is a tool that lets you achieve all of the above goals in a central location.
This can be a web-based portal that also works on mobile phones. It lets you track employee
performance, lets you add comments, gathers employee feedback, rate their performance,
suggest improvements, manage goals better, and set up timely catch-ups.

A good employee review software comes with a host of options, you can monitor data, generate
employee reports, share these reports with select individuals, and/or provide access to relevant
teams and managers. There are several options when it comes to reports, there’s GAP analysis,
trend analysis, etc. You can email or extract these reports in formats such as XLS, CSV, PDF, etc.
This is especially crucial when employees work in cross-functional teams, lets the organization get
a wholesome view of the employee’s performance. An employee review software is easier to do
360-degree feedback sessions, its easier to manage collation, storage, and distribution of employee

The employee review software helps understand the training needs of employees and ways to
provide that. A central system helps track all employee assignments/achievements making sure
the employee is recognized and the efforts are being appreciated. Appreciated employees tend to
stay loyal and are the advocates that you as an organization want to have. These employees are
engaged, productive, and are great team players. 

Organizations need to start investing in employee review software, it certainly acts as a solution to
all employee performance review problems. It helps in identifying and boosting employee retention,
employee experience, work culture, and workforce engagement.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Employee survey- The best way to measure employee sentiments

Employee surveys have known to collect feedback from employees for ages. These surveys not
only collect feedback they collect sentiments as well. In this blog, you will read, why employee
surveys are the best to measure employee sentiments. 

Without an ounce of doubt, employee surveys are the best way to measure employee sentiments.
This can be done using online as well as offline surveys. Many may argue and say gone are the
times when you had to create, deploy and receive feedback from a survey, however, I will argue that
till the end of time. 

Undoubtedly employee surveys collect meaningful feedback from the employees. For decades,
having a regular employee survey has been on top of the high performing HR practices. It would be
a big mistake to abandon these surveys. You cannot ignore the strategic importance of employee

Conducting these surveys gives you the first-hand information of what your employees are thinking
and feeling. However, more than that employee surveys help you understand the corrective measures
you will need to take based on the feedback. 

Here are the 3 reasons why employee surveys are best to measure employee sentiments: 

1. They predict behavior

Employee survey predicts behaviors. For example, add a question in your employee survey, “Where
do you see yourself in the organization in the next 5 years?” This question can predict your employee
turnover rate than any other machine-learning or a high-end application can.

Organizations can learn a lot even when employees don’t participate in the survey. With the rise of
multi-national organizations, the management needs to understand its employees at a global level in
order to manage remote workplaces. People who do not fill out the survey are 2.9% more likely to quit
their jobs. Not responding to the survey is a clear sign that employees have lost faith and are no
longer willing to back. 

2. Gives employees a voice 

Employee surveys are crucial because they give you employees a voice, a venue for open feedback.
It is an opportunity to establish two-way communication between the employees and the management.

When employees are actively involved in the process, they feel responsible and accountable for their
actions and feel they have a stake in the organization. Such employees are loyal and more engaged. 

3. It facilitates changing behavior

When you ask employees for their inputs, you are not just learning from them, you are also facilitating
changes by influencing them. When you collect feedback from your employees make sure you take
necessary actions on their suggestions. 

If you are simply going to collect feedback and do nothing about it, employees will never want to fill
another survey for you, because they now know, their suggestions are going in vain. This is not the
idle behavior you might want to influence.

Friday, August 31, 2018

New Survey Experience on Available This Saturday September 1st, 2018

We are about to launch a new survey experience and wanted to give you a sneak peek today. Experience is everything –  even when it comes to taking surveys. Respondents enjoy engaging with surveys that are easy to read and respond to on any device. Let’s compare the old and new survey experience.

Old Survey Experience

Old Survey Experience

New Survey Experience

New Survey Experience
As seen in the image above, SurveyAnalytics’s new survey experience will offer survey respondents greater readability, better use of screen real estate, cleaner views, larger click zones for responses, and easier interactions for all question types. All of these features drive higher response rates. The new survey taking experience will be available on all device types.

New Mobile Survey Experience

New mobile survey experience

Survey Experience FAQ

Question 1:  Will the new survey experience change any of my old surveys?

Answer: No, it will not change any existing surveys. Existing surveys will not be affected. Surveys with CSS applied to existing surveys templates will also not be affected. The new survey experience will only be applied to new surveys created after the official launch date. 

Question 2: Can I still customize the theme of my surveys?

Answer: Yes, you may continue to customize the look and feel to match your branding guideline. More color and theme options will be available, and CSS options will be available to fully customize survey templates as needed.

Question 3: Will the experience look different on different devices?

Answer: The experience will be seamless and have a similar look and feel throughout. You may use preview buttons to view the difference between desktop and mobile views.

Question 4: What license is the new survey experience for?

Answer: It is for everyone – Free to Enterprise licenses can enjoy the new survey experience.

Question 5: When is this going to be available?

Answer: At this time, we are finalizing our testing and quality assurance. The expected launch date is Saturday, September 1st, 2018. As it gets closer, you will see an in-site update that will notify you of the launch date when you log in and out of SurveyAnalytics.
Question 6: What do I need to do to get the new survey experience when it’s available?

Answer: Nothing! Once launched, all new surveys that you create will have the new survey design.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Feature Update! Improved SAML Based Single Sign On Now Available

There has been significant progress made by cloud computing services such as SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS since the early 2000s. With progress, there came an unusual burden on IT management. People using cloud computing have to manage multiple usernames and passwords which lead to them forgetting the credentials in many cases. It has been observed that 20% of customer care queries are related to forgotten credentials.
Due to the numerous applications being produced every day, there is a significant loophole which needs to be addressed. The IT department often lacks access to information about which applications do most of the users prefer or the frequency of usage – which gives way to fraudulent activities such as phishing, hacking of databases etc. and mismanagement of the highest order.
Access control is one of the most influential factors in IT security but is also the most vulnerable. Central management of access control is important for scaling of cloud-based applications for prevention of excessive overhead costs, visible organization’s inefficiencies and identity breaches.
Identity breaches have become exceedingly rampant due to which SAML, Security Assertion Markup Language, was introduced in 2002. SAML is an open-standard based on XML for authentication and authorization between two parties, usually – identity provider and service provider. It is a product of the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) which allows users to access multiple applications using a single user-name and password combination. This is known as identity federation as it enables users to maintain one identity across various apps.
The most important implementation glitch that SAML undertakes is web browser single sign-on (SSO). SurveyAnalytics now offers SAML based SSO which will enable users within an organization to access the SurveyAnalytics survey software. The users aren’t expected to create and maintain separate accounts especially for SurveyAnalytics.

Steps to set up SAML SSO for login authentication:

  1. Please go to My Account » Authentication and Logs to enable SAML authentication.SAML_Authentication
  2. Under Login Authentication, select SAML (Signed). There are three options available for configuring SSO:
    • Metadata URL – The most straightforward approach to set up SSO is to enter a link to the identity provider metadata file (if they can provide this information). After entering and saving the link, SurveyAnalytics will download the file, parse it and complete the configuration.MetaData URL
    • Metadata File – In some cases, identity providers expect a service provider to download the metadata for configuration and not the URL. Service providers can choose the “Metadata File” option and enter the downloaded file before saving it. SurveyAnalytics will analyze the data and critical information will be extracted without saving the metadata file. For any changes, the metadata file will have to be uploaded again and the entire will have to be repeated.Metadata File
    • Manual Settings – For manual configuration, information about two parameters should be provided:
      • Entity ID / User
      • X509 Certificate
  3. For SurveyAnalytics to ID to Identify and automatically provision access, the SAML identity provider must be configured to enter only one attribute: emailAddress.
Click here for more information and details about SAML2.0 integration.

New Feature! Change Themes On SurveyPocket's Offline Application

Users of SurveyPocket's offline app rejoice! You can officially change the theme and skin of your offline field research tool. Many of you wanted the ability to match the survey theme to match your organization's style guide. And now you can do it!

Before you get started, make sure to download the latest app update and follow the instructions below.

How can I change the theme of the offline app?

  • To change the offline theme on the app, go to Edit » Mobile.
  • Click on Device Name » Theme in the QuestionPro App Device Registration tab.
offline app themeYou can scroll through the 8 predefined color theme and select a color that best suits your brand identity.

Can I create a custom theme?

Yes, you can create a custom theme. There are 8 predefined themes, but, the 9th selection in the drop-down list is where you can add a custom theme. Please note that in this option, you can change the Background, Header, Footer, Button. Customizing the font color is not possible.
offline app theme

I have customized the theme for my survey but don’t see it in the app.

Custom themes are supported from the following app version onward.
  • Android: 9.5 and above.
  • iOS: 4.7 and above.
Please make sure to update your app to the latest version from the app/play store.