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People-first companies have a huge competitive advantage today.
In the current economic climate, full of resignations and layoffs and hiring challenges, putting your people first—in actions and not just in words—is a huge opportunity. Investing in your employees is the key to retaining current employees and attracting future hires.
Employee engagement might sound like a nebulous concept, but it’s a proven way to measure how your employees are feeling and to find ways your Human Resources (HR) team can help.
Gallup’s research found that highly engaged employees have 41% less absenteeism and a 17% increase in productivity. The impact of engagement is felt by customers as well—engaged employees lead to higher customer satisfaction and increased sales. All of these factors together lead to 21% greater profitability.
Having highly engaged employees is a win on every level. How do you get there?
Employee engagement software is one of the best ways for your HR team to understand engagement across your organization. 89% of HR leaders agree that ongoing peer feedback and check-ins are key for successful outcomes. Employee feedback tools are a way to add a rhythm and structure to the feedback process, making them an integral part of your people operations.
An employee feedback tool gives you a structured, organized way to collect feedback.
It’s all good and well to say that you care about your employees’ feedback. Everyone says that. But unless you have a way to collect input from across the company and—most importantly—actively act on that feedback, simply saying you care is not enough.
There are many ways to encourage your employees to give feedback. Investing in an employee feedback tool that you use regularly turns feedback into a foundational aspect of your company culture. It sends a clear message to your employees that you are committed to hearing and acting upon their feedback.
Employee feedback tools make it easier for you to aggregate and report on results from across your organization. Most of them will present, highlight, and summarize key learnings for you.
These tools also make it easier for your employees to provide feedback. Giving unsolicited feedback to your manager, with no predefined structure or expectations around it, takes a ton of courage. Replying to a survey that you know goes out to everyone is a much lower hurdle.
Picking the right tool depends a lot on the specific functionality that you need.
There are many different types of employee feedback:
Before you start looking through lists of tools, it’s important to know where your priorities are and what types of features you need. It often helps to make a list of must-have features and a list of nice-to-have features. Whenever you try a tool out, you can adjust your list and compare tools against each other using the same criteria.
Purpose: Emotional daily check-ins that garner feedback, track and prevent burnout, and improve employee wellbeing.
Channels: Slack integration and web dashboard.
Kona is a well-being and burnout platform for people-first teams. The Slack integration sends a daily emotional question to every team member — “how are you feeling?”
This daily interaction provides the feedback remote organizations need to help teammates bond, improve teamwide vulnerability and trust, provide managers with context as to how their direct reports approach work and give organizations a bird’s-eye view into their employee's level of burnout.
Purpose: Develop your company culture to improve employee engagement, performance, and employee development.
Channels: Web, with integrations to Slack and Microsoft Teams.
Culture Amp is an employee engagement tool that helps you invest more in your people, manage your company culture and improve your employee retention. Their platform includes solutions for the whole employee lifecycle, from gathering employee feedback to managing performance reviews, 1-on-1s, and long-term development.
Purpose: Improve performance by running performance reviews, employee engagement surveys, and upskilling managers at all levels.
Channels: Mainly on the web, integrates with a variety of other tools (such as Slack and Microsoft Teams).
15Five is focused on transforming performance across all levels of an organization. It offers a variety of products tailored to that end, ranging from tools to manage 360 performance reviews, run engagement surveys, and track OKR achievement.
They have a holistic view of performance, starting with developing your managers’ leadership skills and ending with individual career development for every employee. Many of their solutions are especially useful for remote teams, with 1-on-1 templates and a High Five feature to recognize accomplishments.
Purpose: Increase employee retention and improve performance by building an impactful employee engagement strategy.
Channels: Web, plus integrations to Slack, Microsoft Teams, Gmail, and Workday.
TINYpulse is a platform that offers employee engagement surveys and 1-on-1 coaching for managers. It includes great analytics and an accessible dashboard, with science-backed questions and survey templates to make it easier to get started. It also marries goal tracking with performance reviews, so employees can see how they’re progressing and how they impact company goals.
Purpose: Create a connected culture with an all-in-one employee experience platform.
Channels: Web, with a variety of integrations including Slack and Microsoft Teams.
Kazoo offers an all-in-one employee experience platform that includes a variety of features. It covers goal and OKR tracking, peer-to-peer recognition, 1-on-1 meeting management, feedback, incentive programs, and employee engagement surveys.
Purpose: Engage, recognize, and enable leaders and teams through employee experience.
Channels: Mainly on the web, with a number of integrations (such as Slack and Microsoft Teams).
Officevibe is another employee experience platform that includes a variety of features, from pulse surveys to peer-to-peer recognition. It also includes a conversation engine and feedback guidance for managers. Officevibe gives you tools to both measure employee engagement and upskilling managers.
Purpose: Run a variety of surveys—including employee engagement surveys—with minimal effort.
SurveyMonkey is an enterprise survey tool designed to cover all of your surveying needs. Their Engage product is tailored to HR teams who want to send out employee engagement surveys across their companies. Engage aims to make engagement surveys as easy as possible with automated send-outs, professional templates, and in-depth analytics.
It’s essential that you act on employee feedback.
Soliciting feedback without acting on it can be surprisingly harmful. Giving feedback makes people vulnerable. It requires overcoming our natural inclination to avoid confrontation or avoid saying something critical. If your employees do this and then nothing happens with their feedback, it can quickly cause frustration and resentment.
One more time for the people in the back: Whenever you ask for feedback, it’s critical to acknowledge and respond to it. Here’s how:
Working with surveys is convenient because you can run them at regular intervals and measure how sentiments change over time.
Surveys are also a great way to hold yourself accountable. If you start every survey with a report on what changed based on the previous results, you’ll see that engagement, interest, and the desire to give very open feedback will increase.
Employee feedback tools provide a ton of support in establishing a successful employee engagement strategy.
When you come across a tool that seems to offer the functionality you need, it’s a good idea to test it for a few weeks or months and observe what type of impact it has. You want to find something that has a high adoption rate, that people in your company find easy and simple to use, and that has a meaningful impact on your company culture.
A great employee feedback tool will help you transform your company culture, retain employees, and increase their engagement—without everyone feeling like completing surveys is another item to add to their to-do lists.